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Haddock, Ga.
high school
Jones County


Jarquez Smith’s Career Highs:
16 vs USF (12-20-14)
14 vs Virginia Tech (3-9-16)
FTM: 9 vs. Manhattan (11-15-16)
BLK: 6 vs. USF (12-20-14)


Finished his four-year career at Florida State tied for second in school history for games played (136) and eighth in school history for blocked shots (123)…


Pronounced: JAR-Qwez

Has prepared himself to be an elite player for Florida State in the ACC as a senior following a coming of age season as a junior…is developing into a top-flight defender and will need to be a force in the paint for the Seminoles if they are to be successful during his senior season…displayed his desire to be ready for his senior season with his play in the final part of his junior season as he averaged 8.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and one blocked shot in his final eight games of the 2015-16 season…scored at least eight points in seven of those eight games, totaled 11 points against Virginia Tech and earned his first career double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the ACC Tournament game against the Hokies…blocked two shots against Duke (Feb. 25), Boston College in the ACC Tournament (March 8) and against Valparaiso in the NIT (March 17) in those eight games…shot .667 from the field (28 of 42) and .750 from the free throw line (12 of 16) during that stretch of eight games…enters his senior season having played 101 career games including 95 consecutive games…has played in every Florida State game since Dec. 8, 2013 and has played in 101 of 103 Florida State games in the first three seasons of his career…has the opportunity to approach the school record of 139 games played by Okaro White (2011-14)…sure to be one of the top shot blockers in school history at the end of his senior season…on the verge of becoming the 16th player in school history with 100 or more blocked shots as he enters his senior season with 93 career blocks…needs 20 blocks to move into Florida State’s all-time top-10 for blocked shots…needs 68 to move into Florida State’s all-time top-five…Rodney Dobard (1990-93) is the Seminoles’ all-time leader with 239 career blocked shots… with Smith in the line-up during the past three seasons, Florida State has cemented itself as the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season…helped lead Florida State to 22 wins, a third place finish in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and a semifinal appearance in the NIT at Madison Square Garden during the 2014 season…was Florida State’s first commitment for the class of 2013…ranked No. 63 on the list of the top 100 high school players in the Class of 2013…a four-star recruit and the No. 18 ranked power forward by…ranked as the No. 57 player in the Class of 2013 by… ranked him as the 60th best overall player and the 15th best power forward at the end of his senior season…the 23rd best power forward in the class by…presented with one award at the Seminoles’ Annual Honors Banquet as he was named Florida State’s Unsung Hero for the 2016 season…honored with the Sixth Man Award as a member of the famed Boom Squad at the Seminoles’ 2017 Basketball Honors Banquet…

AS A SENIOR (2017): 

Ranked 8th in school history with 123 career blocked shots…Became one of only 16 players in school history with 100 or more blocked shots with two blocked shots against Southern Mississippi…Earned starting assignments in victories over Southern Mississippi (Dec. 6) and Nicholls State (Dec. 8)…Started his first game since 2015 against Southern Miss and he scored a season-high 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field (Dec. 6)… Shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line and pulled down seven rebounds in his 12-point, 23-minute outing against Iona (Nov. 15)…Was a spark off the bench as he scored eight points and had three blocks against Detroit Mercy (Nov. 20)…recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes off the bench against No. 7 Duke (Jan. 10)…totaled 10 points and 5 rebounds against No. 15 Notre Dame (Jan. 18)…played a season high 27 minutes and scored 6 points to go along with 9 rebounds against Syracuse (Jan. 28)…scored 10 points against Boston College (Feb. 20)…totaled 11 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes as a starter in Florida State’s win over Miami on Senior Day in Tallahassee (March 4)…

AS A JUNIOR (2016): 

Averaged 5.1 points (seventh on the team), a career-high 3.5 rebounds (fifth) and 1.0 blocked shots (second) while shooting a career-high .550 from the field and .707 from the free throw line (fifth)…played in all 34 games for Florida State marking the second consecutive season he had played in every game Seminoles…scored in double figures in three different games with 13 points coming Florida State’s victory over Boston College (Jan. 26), 12 points coming in the Seminoles’ victory over Charleston Southern (Dec. 21) and 11 points against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament (March 9)…his career-high of 3.5 rebounds per game came as he totaled his career-high of 14 against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament and his ACC career-high of nine in Florida State’s victory over Boston College (Jan. 26) during the regular season…totaled his career-high of 119 rebounds with at least four rebounds coming in 15 of the Seminoles’ 34 games and with at least six rebounds coming in seven games…19 rebounds in back-to-back games against Virginia Tech (March 9) and Davidson (March 15)…15 rebounds in back-to-back games against Boston College and Clemson (Jan, 30)…11 rebounds in back-to-back games against Duke (Feb. 25) and Notre Dame (Feb. 27)…11 rebounds in back-to back games against Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19) and Charleston Southern (Dec. 21)…first career double double of 11 points and 14 rebounds in the Seminoles’ game against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament…a near double double in ACC play of 13 points and nine rebounds in leading the Seminoles to their conference victory Boston College…makes his mark as a shot blocker with 34 – only one off of his career-high of 35 blocked shots during his sophomore season…season high of five blocked shots to go along with his 13 points and nine rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over Boston College… marked his ACC career-high for blocked shots, his second highest total of blocked shots in a single game and his highest single game total of blocked shots since blocking his career-high of six shots against USF on Dec. 20, 2014 in the Orange Bowl Classic…multiple blocked shots in nine games including five against Boston College and three against NC State – both in ACC play…totaled 12 blocked shots in a span of four games – two against Pittsburgh (Jan. 23), five at Boston College, two against Clemson and three against NC State (Feb. 1) for an average of 3.0 blocks during the stretch…an outstanding game of 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in Florida State’s victory over Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Dec. 21)…totaled six points, six rebounds and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 76-71 victory over VCU in a game played at Philips Arena in Atlanta (Dec. 6)…


Averaged a career-high 6.2 points (fifth on the team), 2.9 rebounds (sixth) and 1.1 blocks (second) while shooting .503 from the field (fifth) and a career-high .750 from the free throw line (second)…played in all 33 games and started his career-high of nine as a sophomore…his first career start came in the 2014-15 season opener against Manhattan and he was a starter in each of the Seminoles’ first nine games of the season…started the first ACC game of his career at Notre Dame on December 13, 2014…established career-highs for games started (nine), minutes played (586), minutes played per game (17.8), field goals made (75), field goals attempted (149), 3-point field goals made (eight), 3-point field goals attempted (31), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.358), free throws made (45), free throws attempted (60), free throw shooting percentage (.750), points scored (203), points scored per game (6.2), assists (13) and blocked shots (35)…increased his scoring percentage by 3.8 points as a sophomore as compared to his freshman season (6.2 – 2.4) as he increased his shooting percentage by 6.5 percentage points in year two of his career (.503 – .438)…his greatest and most long-lasting improvement came from the free throw line as he shot a career-high .750 from the line as a sophomore as compared to .520 as a freshman – an incredible improvement of 23 percentage points…his career high of nine free throws on a career high 11 free throw attempts came in Florida State’s season-opening victory over Manhattan (Nov. 15)…was perfect from the free throw line in seven different games including a perfect three of three from the line against Clemson in Tallahassee (Feb. 4)…his ACC career-high of five free throws came in the Seminoles’ double overtime victory over Wake Forest at home (Jan. 28)…scored in double figures for the first time in his career with 13 points in the Seminoles’ season-opener against Manhattan and scored in double figures a single-season career high five times as a sophomore…his career high for points (16) came in victories over UCF (Dec. 6) and USF in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 20) in a game played at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla…made his career high of seven field goals in scoring 16 points against UCF and made six field goals in scoring 16 points against USF…Florida State won both of its games against UCF and USF…also finished in double figure scoring with 11 points against Duke in Tallahassee (Feb. 9) and totaled his ACC career-high for scoring with 15 points at Georgia Tech (Feb. 14)…his season-high of eight rebounds came in the Seminoles’ victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 30) with six or more rebounds coming in five different games during his sophomore season…his ACC season-high for rebounds (six) came at North Carolina (Jan. 24) and at Georgia Tech (Feb. 14)…played one of the best games of his career at Georgia Tech as he scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots…helped the Seminoles earn a come-from-behind victory over the Yellow Jackets as he played in front of his mother and father and numerous other family and friends…was Florida State’s leading rebounder in two games as a sophomore – in the Seminoles’ victory over Manhattan and in their win over Florida (Dec. 30)…played in all 33 of Florida State’s games including each of his 18 ACC games for the second consecutive season…averaged a career-high 17.8 minutes played per game and played in double figure minutes in all but two games…his season-high of 26 minutes played came in the Seminoles’ game against Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Dec. 1) and against NC State for his ACC career-high (Jan. 17)…second on the team with 35 blocked shots including his career-high of six blocks in the Seminoles’ victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic…his six blocked shots helped limit the Bulls to a .364 shooting percentage as Florida State blocked a school record-tying 15 shots in its 75-62 victory…including Smith’s career-high six blocked shots, the Seminoles blocked nearly 23 percent of the Bulls’ shots (15 of 66) in earning the victory…blocked his ACC season-high of three shots at North Carolina and at Georgia Tech…multiple blocked shots came six times including in the Seminoles’ quarterfinal round game of the ACC Tournament against Virginia (March 12)…

AS A FRESHMAN (2014):  

Averaged 2.4 points (ninth on the team), 1.5 rebounds (ninth on the team) and 0.7 blocked shots (third) while playing in 34 of 36 games and averaging 10.1 minutes played per game…one of five Seminoles who blocked at least 20 shots with 14 of his 24 blocked shots coming in ACC play…ranked third on the team with a 0.8 blocked shots per game average in ACC play…blocked at least one shot in 16 of the Seminoles’ 34 games with his season high of three blocked shots coming against NCAA Tournament teams Virginia (Jan. 4) in his first ACC game and against North Carolina (Feb. 17)…multiple blocked shots came in six different games including two in the first game of his career against Jacksonville (Nov. 8)…totaled three blocked shots in his first career ACC game against Virginia…two blocked shots came in victories over Notre Dame (Jan. 21) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 5) and in the ACC Tournament against Virginia (March 14)…totaled seven blocked shots (2.3 bpg) in three games against ACC Champion Virginia…his 24 blocked shots during his freshman season rank as the 10th highest blocked shots total by a freshman in school history…scored his season-high of eight points in his first ACC road game in Florida State’s 56-41 win over Clemson…totaled his season of four field goals made and five field goals attempted in the Seminoles’ victory at Littlejohn Coliseum…scored points in each of the first five games of his career and averaged 2.2 points in five games (all victories) against Jacksonville (Nov. 8, three points), at UCF (Nov. 13, four points), against UT-Martin (Nov. 17, four points), No. 10 VCU (Nov. 21, two points) and against Northeastern (Nov. 24, two points)…seven points in a victory over Jacksonville State (Dec. 8) ranked as tied for his highest single game point total of his freshman season… also totaled seven points on the road at NC State (Jan. 29)…averaged 10.1 minutes played per game with double figure minutes coming in 19 of the 34 games he played in…his season-high of 19 minutes played came in the Seminoles’ 106-62 victory over Charlotte in Tallahassee (Dec. 17)…totaled three points, three rebounds and one blocked shots in the Seminoles’ win over the 49ers…his ACC season-high of 18 minutes came as Florida State played host to Clemson in Tallahassee (Feb. 5)…averaged more minutes played per game in 18 games (10.4 mpg) than he did in the 16 non-conference games he played in (9.8 mpg)…at least 10 minutes played in 12 of 18 ACC games…made four 3-point shots on the season with made shots from the bonusphere coming against Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, at Miami (Jan, 18) and at NC State…Florida State was 3-1 in the four games in which he made a 3-point shot…was a perfect four of four from the free throw line (both season high for free throws made and free throws attempted in a single game) in the Seminoles 77-53 win over Jacksonville State…also a perfect two of two from the free throw line in Florida State’s ACC victory over Virginia Tech…


Graduated from Jones County High School in 2013…averaged a near triple-double of 16.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks per game during his senior season…scored 20 points or more in eight games which included a 40 point game in the season opener against Putnam County…played in 29 games, nine of which he had triple doubles and 11 double-doubles his senior year…helped lead Jones County to the state playoffs for the first time in 12 years…Smith was named Georgia Basketball boys’ co-player of the year in Region 2-AAAAA and was named to the first team all-state by Atlanta Journal Constitution…averaged 6.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots as a junior…was also named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-star roster and named the Middle Georgia Player of the Year…Played for the Georgia Stars.


Born September 16, 1994…son of Sherlena and Willie Frank Smith…grew three inches between his freshman and senior seasons at Jones County… selected Florida State over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida, Kansas, NC State and South Carolina…academic major is social science…