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Touted ’17 wing J.J. Smith pledges Ole Miss

With their 2016-2017 team set up through recruiting, Ole Miss was able to place an increased emphasis on the 2017 class. That intensity paid off in a big way on Saturday, as according to multiple reports, 6′-5″ wing Jatrious “J.J” Smith verbally committed to the Rebels.

Smith is a top 100 prospect who is at Pebblebrook (GA) this year, but played his first high school seasons in North Carolina. He starred as a sophomore at EE Smith (NC), averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Pebblebrook is one of the top programs in Georgia, and Smith is able to play alongside another future SEC player in Jared Harper, who is signed with Auburn.

With athleticism and scoring, Smith can be plugged into to two wing positions. He has the size and maturity to garner strong early minutes, if Ole Miss needs him to.

Ole Miss Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsDeAndre Burnett (So)DeAndre Burnett (Jr)DeAndre Burnett (Sr)Breein Tyree (Sr)
Cullen Neal (Jr)Cullen Neal (Sr)
Breein Tyree (Fr)Breein Tyree (So)Breein Tyree (Jr)
WingsRasheed Brooks (Sr)Justas Furmanavičius (Sr)Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (Sr)J.J. Smith (Jr)
Justas Furmanavičius (Jr)Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (Jr)Terence Davis (Sr)Tirus Smith (Jr)
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (So)Terence Davis (Jr)J.J. Smith (So)
Terence Davis (So)J.J. Smith (Fr)Tirus Smith (So)
Tirus Smith (Fr)
PostsSebastian Saiz (Sr)Marcanvis Hymon (Sr)Dominik Olejniczak (Jr)Dominik Olejniczak (Sr)
Marcanvis Hymon (Jr)Dominik Olejniczak (So)Nate Morris (Jr)Nate Morris (Sr)
Dominik Olejniczak (Tr)Nate Morris (So)Karlis Silins (Jr)Karlis Silins (Sr)
Nate Morris (Fr)Karlis Silins (So)
Karlis Silins (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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