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5-star player Jordan Smith arrives, excels in the EYBL and adds offers

Later this week, Syracuse basketball coaches will welcome 2026 five-star shooting guard Jordan Smith Jr., a native of the talent-rich Washington, D.C. market, for an unofficial visit to Capitol Hill.

As first recently reported by top analyst/scout Colby Giacubeno of MADE Hoops and 247Sports, the 6-foot-3 Smith is planning an unofficial visit with the Orange on June 7. Smith has been rumored for months to be eyeing a trip to Central New York, and the 'Cuse coaches have a huge opportunity to further solidify their relationship with this promising high school prospect.

After a stellar sophomore year in which he earned All-America honors and emerged as a key contributor for powerhouse St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Virginia, Smith has played at a high level on the AAU tour this spring.

He has added some new scholarship offers recently, and when the June 15 contact period opens for 2026 prospects, I expect Smith's offer list to expand significantly.

In the 2023-24 season, Smith averaged 9.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game, according to MaxPreps, as St. Paul VI finished 35-3 overall, won multiple D.C.-area titles and finished runner-up at the 2024 Chipotle Nationals in Brownsburg, Indiana.

For his outstanding sophomore season in 2023-24, Smith received various awards and honors. He was named to the Washington Post All-Met third team and the All-WCAC (“Washington Catholic Athletic Conference”) second team. An elite defender with growing offensive skills, Smith was also named to the MaxPreps All-America third team for sophomore year.

The 'Cuse staff has extended him an offer in May 2023. According to his X page, Smith has received more recent scholarship offers from Florida State and Arizona State. His offer list also includes Houston, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Providence, Kansas State, Georgetown, Mount St. Mary's, Villanova and George Mason.

Orange coaches have been involved early in Smith's recruiting process, which is encouraging, but his offer sheet will get even bigger when the contact period opens later this month and college coaches can begin communicating directly with the 2026 players.

Additionally, rising high school students will be able to take official visits to college campuses starting August 1. Let's see if the Syracuse basketball team can get Smith back on Hill for an official visit later.

This spring and summer, he's playing grassroots basketball one division higher for the 17U squad of Washington, DC-based Team Takeover in Nike's EYBL league, an exquisite AAU program with which the Orange team has close ties when recruiting players.

Last month, when the EYBL held a live session in Indianapolis, the 'Cuse coaching staff was present at at least one Team Takeover game.

Towards the end of May, the EYBL held its fourth spring session in Kansas City, Missouri. During that stop, Smith averaged 11.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and was named to the circuit's All-EYBL Session IV Underclass team.

Around the time of the Kansas City session, 247Sports national analyst/scout Brandon Jenkins wrote, among other things, that Smith “stands out for his drive and intensity when looking for stops on defense and is a fearless attacker on offense. Smith is a great athlete who is sure to put his stamp on a game because he refuses to take possession lightly.”

He averaged 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in all four EYBL sessions. Team Takeover is 14-1 so far and will be among the favorites to win the Peach Jam tournament at the end of the EYBL season, which takes place July 13-21 in North Augusta, SC.

I look forward to continuing to follow Smith's recruitment and hope his upcoming unofficial visit with the Syracuse basketball team goes well.

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