Vanessa Smith


CLASS: 2013



  • Twinsburg, OHHometown
  • Hathaway Brown SchoolHigh School
  • 6-1Height
  • Weight
  • 60Overall Rank
  • 8Position Rank
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ESPN Player Evaluations

Nike Skills Academy Indy-April 2012: See Smith's frame and skill set translating more at the 4 spot right now than the 3. Finishes well around the rim. Lean frame but strong. Good athlete. Will defend on the interior. Likes to catch to score inside of 15 feet. (Clay)

Nike Nationals-July 11: Continued the advancement and maturity in her play. Playing with more confidence and focus in every aspect of her game. Her perimeter skills are getting sharper and she's making impressive choices in traffic with her shot selection and passing. A real asset comes in the form of her rebounding. At both ends she's a presence on the glass and isn't content to sit back and enjoy the view. Her on ball is solid but could use a dose of active hands to take away some passing and vision options for her match up. Getting better and better. (Lewis)

USAB U16 Trials-May 11: Smith appears physically stronger and has maybe even added a touch of height to her frame. This event may have brought out her most aggressive and attacking basketball. She wasn't hesitant to look for her own opportunities or even create them off the dribble time and again. Her most efficient play came in the middle of the paint going up against opposing bigs who had rotated her way. She finished and got to the line multiple times with her assertive play. On the break she got out and ran the floor and took it herself on several occasions making solid decisions. Her aggressive approach translated to the defensive end as well. On ball she was harassing but lost sight on the weakside on occasion. Could be a big summer. (Lewis)

Long, quick wing who can really get off the floor. Really attacks the offensive glass..Nice touch around the basket. (Bodine)

Classic in the Country-Jan. 11: After an impressive freshman season, Smith's summer wasn't quite up to the same level of play. It's now safe to say that the 6-foot-1 wing is again showing all the potential that recruiters take note of every time she plays. The attack is there off-the-dribble and she's more than willing to take it into traffic. She handles the ball with sound skills and utilizes her size advantage to exploit smaller perimeter matchups. Her eight turnovers in two games are not something any coach is going to be pleased with, especially with several of them not being defensively forced. The maturity is coming to her game and the confidence is beginning to show as well. She has the potential to be a strong rebounder from the perimeter as her seven boards against Lakota East indicates. Consistency at this point may well be the key for her to continue advancing her game. (Lewis)

Nike Nationals-July 10: Still very promising but struggling to a degree with ultra athletic match ups. Good size on the wing but will really need to sharpen her perimeter skills down the road. (Lewis)

Nike Nationals-July 10: She is a very versitle guard with good size. She has a very smooth pull-up jump shot and can create off the dribble. She uses her length well on defense and rebounds the ball. (Bodine)

Braggin Rights-Dec. 09: Through the years a lot of major-college recruits have come from Ohio and recruiters can plan to keep making those trips to the Buckeye state for a few more years to come. This Hathaway Brown freshman is showing all the potential to catapult her onto the national radar. An impressive 6-0 wing, she has the size, build and athleticism that college coaches are coveting on the perimeter these days. But it's not just her physical skills that catch your eye. She can create off the dribble, hit the 15-footer or even post up effectively on the block. She's very fluid with the ball in her hands and her decision making is advanced for someone in their first varsity season. Her physical build allows her to be a solid defender and a difficult challenge for smaller guards. Don't be fooled by the fact that she's coming off the bench, she's there in the end to finish the game. (Lewis)


Club Team: All Ohio