Bria Smith

Bria Smith

Guard

CLASS: 2011

96

SCOUTS GRADE

  • Massapequa, NYHometown
  • Christ the King High School
  • 5-8Height
  • Weight
  • 8Overall Rank
  • 2Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

Super Sunday-Jan. 11: This Virginia-bound, 5-foot-11 guard continues to demonstrate why she's one of the more skilled one-on-one players in the senior class. The unfortunate aspect about that fact is that it's also no secret to opposing players and coaches. Smith still can get to the rim or pull up with a smooth stroke, but it's not often that she's going to get scoring opportunities without a crowd around her. Time after time she slashed into traffic, dodging defenders and splitting double teams in hopes of getting a clean look yet still altering or forcing her shot due to the defensive attention she's drawn. What might be important for this senior down the homestretch is finding a way to create better looks for her teammates and making opponents pay for the focus they commit to her individual attack. The vision and passing skills are there and less could end up leading to more for the Royals. (Lewis)

Nike Nationals-July 10: Seemed to bring most of her game back from USA Basketball except her shot. She still created her looks smoothly off the dribble and cut well off screens to get free. In fact her play off the ball was actually more active than in the past and showed a real instinct in getting open. The stroke is still fine but the legs seemed to leave her short on normally reliable opportunities. On ball defense keeps her in front of most ballhandlers but she could be more aggressive in taking away options. (Lewis)

FIBA U17-July 10: For Smith, her natural instincts in creating off the dribble and her knack for scoring off of dribble penetration were not really a fit for what the team was doing offensively. The team as a whole created very little offense with dribble penetration. So Smith figured out that being a stout defender and getting out in transition is where she could make the biggest impact. Against teams like France, where the USA needed to slow a pair of hyper-quick guards, she shined. She was arguably the team's best on-ball defender. She showed some hesitancy shooting the ball, as catch and shoot isn't typically her strength. If she can make some progress scoring in more controlled half court settings she will be a handful in the ACC. (Hansen)

USA U17 Trials-June 10: Christ the King High School (Flushing, N.Y.) has produced an array of girl's basketball stars who have gone on to stellar collegiate careers. The next in the long list could be Smith. She is a very aggressive guard who likes to penetrate. She is a solid defender with quick hands and good lateral quickness defensively. Smith must improve her ability to go left as she only seems comfortable going right and is very limited of the other side of the court. Her outside shooting, although improved, still is streaky at best and must improve at the next level to classified her as CTK luminary. (Powell)

Boo Williams-April 10: The Philly Belles centerpiece may be super sophomore Breanna Stewart; however the engine that keeps the machine running is Smith. She isn't your prototypical shooting guard in terms of size but she embodies the position in every other way. She can attack any level of the defense, whether on ball, the first level of help or the weakside defender, and she has a way to finish in each scenario. She is a master of using her body to protect the ball and she can extend and finish with full extension. There are very few guards who possess her knack for scoring in traffic and of those guards she is the best at her trade. (Hansen)

Nike TOC-Dec. 09: Might be one of the better and more well rounded scorers at the high school level. One on one skills are exceptional and her stroke is smooth and consistent. In traffic she finds a way to create her own scoring opportunity and better yet, finds a way to finish. Defensive effort is coming and the potential is still revealing itself.

This kid is athletic as they come. Smith can, and did, break down any defender who had the daunting task of keeping up with her this week at TOC. She has an explosive first step either direction, keeping defenders on their heels at all times. She didn%u2019t look for too many outside scoring opportunities, as attacking the rim came too easy. We would have liked to have seen her finish with the bump, although she picks up just as many points at the foul line. Not only is Bria dangerous in a one-on-one break down situation, she has the comprehension to see help as it rotates and take the correct angle affording her more scoring opportunities. Smith also utilized her speed this weekend to jump passing lanes and create transition points from the defensive end. On both ends of the floor, Smith was as good as it gets.

USA U16 Trials-May 09: Over the last year, one of our most common critiques of Bria Smith was inconsistency, but the New Yorker showed an awful lot of consistency at the trials. She made plays on both ends of the court in each and every session. Despite giving up inches to the interior players, she was one of the better finishers off the dribble. Her breakdown ability in one-on-one situations is rivaled by few. She keeps her body so low and compact that each and every move she makes is explosive and directly into the defender's hips.

Nike Regional Skills Academy-May 09: Bria Smith was another athlete who came alive Sunday, after cruising under the radar during Saturday's sessions. One of the Philadelphia Belles' New York imports and a Christ the King standout, she has impressive and effective individual skills. Her first step is lethal for on-ball defenders and she has the speed to keep them behind her. What's even more noticeable is the fluid and smooth movement that she plays with. At times, it almost appears that she's coasting but that's hardly the case. She has an attacking mentality, looking for her jumper or the drive, but also has a willingness to give it up. She has to use her attacking mentality on defense more often, but that same speed and footwork should serve her well and make her just as effective getting stops.

Super Sunday-Jan. 09: When Bria Smith is focused and playing aggressively Christ the King is a tough team to beat, as Central Dauphin found out. She is explosive when attacking the basket and always initiates contact to obtain and maintain good position on her defender. She has long arms and springs for legs so when she gets near the cup she can finish, even against taller defenders. She definitely had the fire on Sunday that could make her one of the top players in the sophomore class. Consistency, consistency, consistency is the key.

Notes

Club Team: Philadelphia Belles

USA U17 National Team, 2010 ... Third-team Parade All-American, 2010 ... First-team all-state, 2010