Nick Smith Jr. - Men's Basketball - Arkansas Razorbacks

#3 Nick Smith Jr.

G | Fr. (4) | 6-5 | 185 | Jacksonville, Ark. | North Little Rock HS

• The top-rated high school prospect by 247Sports and consensus top-3 player in the country
 – Top rated combo guard in the nation by 247Sports
– Top rated point guard in the nation by Rivals
– Top rated shooting guard in the nation by ESPN
• Part of the 2022 Razorback signing class that ranked #2 nationally and the top-rated class in school history with six players on the ESPN and SI top 100 lists. 
• Member of USA Basketball’s 2022 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team
• 2022 USA TODAY National High School Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year
• 1 of 5 finalist for the Jersey’s Mike’s Naismith HS Boys Player of the Year
• McDonald’s All-American
• Played in the Jordan Brand Classic and was named co-MVP as he scored 27 points (5-of-7 3PT) with four assists and three rebounds.
• Consensus 1st Team All-American:
  – Jersey Mike’s Naismith
– MaxPreps
– Sports Illustrated
• Two-time (2021 and 2022) MaxPreps Arkansas High School Basketball Player of the Year

• 247Sports                     #1 nation – #1 CG (5-Star)
• Rivals                             #2 nation – #1 PG (5-Star)
• SI99 All-American    #2 nation
• ESPN                             
#3 nation – #1 SG (5-Star)
• 247Composite             #3 nation – #2 CG (5-Star)

• 1 of the top 3-highest rated players to ever sign with Arkansas trailing Corliss Williamson (ranked #1 or #2 by all the recruiting services) and Al Jefferson (ranked #3 by 247Sports and #4 by Rivals in 2004).
• #3 in the 2023 NBA Mock Draft (#1 college player) by both ESPN and NBADraftRoom.com
• Consensus #1 player from Arkansas by the recruiting websites
• Two-time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps (all divisions) Player of the Year (2021 and 2022)
• As a senior, averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists
• Named 6A championship MVP as he led North Little Rock (27-3) to the state title … Scored 25 points with six rebounds and five assists in the 65-47 win over Bentonville in the final … Added 24 points and eight assists in the 58-40 semifinals vs LR Central
• In the summer of 2021, led Brad Beal Elite AAU team to a 6-2 record and the finals of Peach Jam while averaging 18.6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game … Scored 31 points (10-of-18 shooting) in the championship game and became the first player since NBA star Michael Porter Jr. to score more than 30 in the finals
• As a junior, averaged 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
• 2020 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Underclassman of the Year … Averaged 21.3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals
• Played at Sylvan Hills as a junior and sophomore