Five-star player Jordan Smith Jr. shows the desired Duke basketball qualities

Jordan Smith Jr. is a high-caliber athlete who has over a dozen offers. Duke's basketball program is not on that list. But it's likely only a matter of time before he does, as the long-limbed guard's quick style that allows him to make a positive impact anywhere on the court is exactly what Blue Devil head coach Jon Scheyer has been looking for in recruiting and the transfer portal of late.

It also doesn't hurt that the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Smith, a five-star prospect now ranked No. 5 overall and No. 2 at his position on the 2026 ESPN 60, attends a Duke University basketball prep center at Paul VI Catholic (Va.) Last season, he was teammates with Blue Devils freshmen Darren Harris and Patrick Ngongba II.

But again, it's Smith's skills as a defensive initiator and offensive attacker that should appeal most to the Durham staff. Duke was in one of his last games with the top-ranked USA U17 national basketball team in Group B at the ongoing FIBA ​​U17 World Championship in Istanbul.

And in that team's stunning 146-62 win over China on Tuesday to complete their 3-0 pre-tournament record, Smith helped lead the way on defense by making a game-high six steals in just 17 minutes as a substitute.

The speedy playmaker contributed 10 points by making 4 of 7 field goals and 2 of 4 three-pointers. He also had one rebound, four assists, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Smith is teammates with five top-tier Duke basketball players on Team USA, all of whom are ranked in the top 20 of the class and include five five-star prospects for 2025: Cameron Boozer (forward) of Columbus (Florida), AJ Dybantsa (forward) of Utah Prep, Koa Peat (forward) of Perry (Arizona), Jalen Haralson (guard) of La Lumiere (Indiana) and Cayden Boozer (guard) of Columbus.

They will face the Philippines in the round of 16 on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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