Who is Jabari Smith Jr.?
Jabari Montsho Smith Jr. is a professional American basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA (National Basketball Association). While at college, he played college basketball for the Auburn Tigers. He began playing basketball at a young age under his father’s mentorship. He would then attend Sandy Creek High School where as a senior he would lead the team to a state championship appearance. In high school, he was named a McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Georgia Basketball.
A five-star prospect ranked the nation’s number 7 overall recruit, he committed to Auburn University to play college basketball. At Auburn as a freshman, he helped to lead the team to their first-ever AP poll number one ranking and an SEC regular season championship. At the end of his freshman year, he was named an All-American and won the USBWA National Freshman of the Year Award. Following his freshman season, he went on and declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. And was selected with the 3rd overall pick by the Rockets.
How Old Is Jabari Smith Jr.?
He is 19 years old as of January 2023, having been born on May 13, 2003, in Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S. Smith shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Debby Ryan, Robert Pattinson, Morgan Wallen, Twaimz, Hyper, and many more.
Jabari Smith Jr. Family
Who are Jabari Smith Jr.’s Parents?
He was born to Jabari Smith Sr. (Father, born on February 12, 1977) an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. And Taneskia Purnell (Mother).
Does Jabari Smith Jr. have Siblings?
He has an elder brother by the name of A. J. Smith.
Jabari Smith Jr. Education
He received his high school education at Sandy Creek High School. After high school, he attended Auburn University.
Jabari Smith Jr. Marital Status
News on the internet shows that he is possibly single as of January 2023.
Jabari Smith Jr. Kids
He does not have any kids as of January 2023. In case there is new news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Jabari Smith Jr. Career
A High School Career
At age five, he began playing basketball and was trained by his father. His father while in the NBA had noticed the arrival of tall international players with strong shooting and thus decided to mold his son as a player who despite his tall height would win with shooting rather than with size. At the age of 15, he would join the Atlanta Celtics on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit, coached by the father of star Auburn point guard Jared Harper.
He started playing varsity basketball at Sandy Creek High School as a sophomore. As a junior, he averaged 24.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. The following season, he averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks per game. This helped to lead his team to a Class 3A state runner-up finish. He was then named Mr. Georgia Basketball, Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitition All-Classification Player of the Year. Moreover, he was selected to the rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit.
In the 2021 class, he was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top players. He announced on October 9, 2020, his commitment to play college basketball for Auburn University. Over offers from Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina. Upon his commitment, he became the highest-ranked player to commit to Auburn in the modern recruiting era. He said that he committed to Auburn due to fit within the team’s play style under head coach Bruce Pearl.
A College Career
He entered his freshman season with high expectations due to his recruiting ranking. In preseason practice with coach Bruce Pearl, he emerged as a leader. He thus made his college debut in a 77-54 victory for the Tigers against Morehead State. On January 11, 2022, he scored a then career-high 25 points to help his team avoid an upset in an 81-77 victory. He went on and scored a career-high 31 points on just 16 shots in a 94-80 win over Vanderbilt on February 16, 2022. As a freshman, he averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and two assists per game.
While helping lead the Tigers to an SEC regular season championship and the program’s first-ever #1 ranking in the AP poll. In his NCAA Tournament debut against Jacksonville State, he recorded his 6th double-double of the season scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He would then record another double-double in the third round of the tournament. But would also have his worst shooting performance of the season going 3-of-16 from the field as the #2-seeded Tigers were upset by #10-seeded Miami 79-62, ending the Tigers’ season. He was then awarded many honors at the conclusion of his freshman season.
These included being named the USBWA Freshman of the Year, a member of the All-SEC first team, and a second-team All-American, the Tigers’ first All-American selection since Chris Porter in 1999. On April 5, 2022, he declared for the 2022 NBA draft forgoing his remaining college eligibility. In the 2022 NBA draft, he was projected as a top-three selection and the potential first pick.
A Professional Career
A Career with the Houston Rockets (2022 to Present)
Before the 2022 NBA Draft, he was believed by analysts and insiders to be the No. 1 overall pick. Him saying that he would be surprised not to be picked #1 by the Orlando Magic. However, he would fall to the third overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft where he was selected by the Houston Rockets. This made him the highest-drafted player ever to come out of Auburn. As he surpassed Chris Morris and Chuck Person who was drafted 4th overall.
He made his summer league debut with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and a steal in a 91-77 loss against the Orlando Magic. He made his preseason debut on October 2, 2022, scoring 21 points with 5-of-8 shooting from three along with eight rebounds and two assists in a 134-96 win against the San Antonio Spurs. On October 19, 2022, he made his regular-season debut. There, he scored 17 points along with seven rebounds and an assist in a 117-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. On December 2, 2022, he scored 17 points with six rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot in a 122-121 victory against the Phoenix Suns. On January 13, 2023, he scored a career-high 27 points with three blocks and eight rebounds in a game loss against the Sacramento Kings.
A National Team Career
In addition to playing basketball at the club level, he has also played basketball nationally. He thus played for the United States at the 2019 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Belem, Brazil. He averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and helped the United States win the gold medal.
Jabari Smith Jr. Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 11 inches (2.11m) and a weight of 100kg (220 lbs).
Jabari Smith Jr. Salary and Net Worth
He has an annual average salary of $10,082,608 and an estimated net worth of between 41 and $5 million.