Unlike the previous prospect we detailed, Terquavion Smith failed to raise his value by returning for another season at North Carolina State, with the 20-year-old combo guard being a virtual lock to come off the board in the second round. San Antonio could use the 33rd or 44th pick to make him a long-term project player who might someday complement Wemby.
Smith is a creative ballhandler with a sharp first step, unlimited range, and above-average court vision. Though he must rein in his shot selection, the thrilling sophomore has three-level scoring upside thanks to his shiftiness and silky-smooth dribble jumper. He is also a dangerous catch-and-shoot threat who will make defenders pay for leaving him unattended.
Weighing in at 163 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine, Smith would be the lightest player in the league. He is engaged at the point of attack and has the footspeed to slide with anyone, but he must add muscle onto his rail-thin frame to avoid becoming a liability at the next level. Nonetheless, his instincts in the passing lanes help him turn steals into fastbreak offense.