NC State freshman Terquavion Smith will sign up for the 2022 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday.
“I plan to put my name on the draft and get feedback,” Smith said. “I’m going to train for teams and see how high I can get in the draft. I am signing with an NCAA certified agent to retain my eligibility. I want to be picked high – Top 20. I want to be able to contribute effectively to an NBA team.”
Smith, the No. 39 on the ESPN 100, was named to the ACC’s All-Rookie Team and All-Conference Honorable Mention after averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the wolf pack.
Smith was named North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year after graduating from Farmville Central High School, where he won three consecutive state championships.
Despite being a late bloomer physically, Smith wasn’t considered a huge talent in high school despite his accomplishments. He received offers only from High Point and local East Carolina before joining NC state.
“I was expecting this kind of season,” Smith said. “I knew I could do it. Everyone doubted me. I’ve learned not to care about rankings or who’s supposed to be better. I just decided to get it every time. I am a dog and I have always been a dog. I’ve never lacked confidence and I always bring the energy with me.”
Smith finished conference play as the ACC’s second-top scorer. His 96 3-pointers led the ACC and was the fourth-highest total in ACC history for a freshman.
“It’s been a great season,” said Smith. “My coaches put me in the right places to hit the ball. I was able to come in, show my talent and bring energy to the team. I scored the ball at a high level. It was fun to focus on that Hiring college and being able to kill it at that level was awesome.”
The 19-yard Smith, 19, captivates NBA teams with his combination of youth, dynamic shot, open explosiveness and confident playstyle. He applies constant pressure on opposing defenses with his aggressive style, regularly rising from deep vantage points for contested 3-pointers.
Not viewed as a one-and-done contender for much of the season, NBA teams will want to scrutinize him in private practice sessions to better understand his long-term benefits as he averages his best late Basketball played 21.1 points in his last 10 ACC regular season games, shooting 41% at 3 seconds during that span.
“I want to do everything in this preliminary draft process. I don’t have a strategy. I don’t duck from anything. I don’t run from nothing. I’m looking forward to showing that I can handle the ball and I’m a great passer. Guys like Jordan Poole, De’Aaron Fox, Anfernee Simons. That’s what I model my game after. Guys who electrify from the rebound, who can create their own shot and shoot the ball. “
The NBA Draft takes place on June 23, preceded by the NBA Draft Combine on May 16-22 in Chicago.
Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analysis service used by NBA, NCAA, and international teams.