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Javonte Smart

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Named as one of 18 finalists for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team on June 12, 2016.
  • Participated in the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team October minicamp.
  • Member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
  • Played in all five games and averaged 6.8 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 1.4 apg. and 1.9 spg., shot 30.4 percent from 3-point (7-23 3pt FGs) and 70.0 percent from the foul line.
  • Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team on April 23, 2015.
  • Participated in the 2014 USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp.

High School honors

  • USA Today All-Louisiana first team (2016).
  • Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year (2016).
  • MaxPreps All-American honorable mention and MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first team (2016).(2016).
  • MaxPreps Freshman Five (2015).
  • Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State first team (2015, 2016).
  • Louisiana Class 5A State Championship MVP (2015).
  • All-Baton Rouge Area Large Schools Team (2015).

High School Notes

  • Attends Scotlandville High School (La.), where he averaged 22.7 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 5.5 apg. and 2.0 spg. in leading his tea to a 34-3 record and the Louisiana Class 5A championship game.
  • As a freshman in 2014-15, he helped lead his team to the 2015 Louisiana 5A state championship and a 33-4 record.
  • Averaged 15.8 ppg., 5.8 rpg. and 5.2 apg. in 2014-15.

Personal Notes

  • Son of Melinda Smart and the late Jerry Matthews; one brother, Davyion Smart (15) and one sister, Desiree Smart (21).
  • Played quarterback until he stopped playing football when he was 13.
  • Cousin of Keith Smart, who won a gold medal playing for USA Basketball at the 1986 R. William Jones Cup and a silver medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, also competed for Indiana and in the NBA, and currently is an assitant coach for the Miami Heat.
  • Boasts a 3.1 GPA.
  • Is a member of his school’s engineering club.
  • Mentors youth basketball players in his community.

Inside Scoop

  • Started playing basketball when he was 4.
  • Plans on majoring in: not sure, but he wants to eventually coach at the collegiate level.
  • Favorite Twitter account: his girlfriend’s.
  • Favorite superhero: Superman.
  • Top movies of all time: “Love & Basketball” and “He Got Game.”
  • Favorite non-sports website:
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  • Must-have pregame meal or snack: a hamburger or fruit snacks.
  • Has a: long-hair male Chihuahua named B.J.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: none, “just basketball.”
  • Favorite class: math.
  • Favorite basketball players of all time: Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
  • Favorite basketball team: Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • Favorite Olympian: Michael Jordan.
  • Last book read for pleasure: “The Other Wes Moore.”
  • Would compare his game to: nobody.
  • Wears No. 1 because: nobody can, “stop his grind.”
  • Away from the court, enjoys: hanging out with his friends and his little brother.
  • Most people don’t know: he is quiet and does not like to talk much.
  • Has never traveled outside the United States.
  • Twitter: @JavonteSmart

Featured Videos

The 2019 USA Men's National Team trained at the LA Lakers practice facility Aug. 13-15.

USA Basketball Statistics

2015 U16
5/4 10- 36
.278 7- 23
.304 7- 10
.700 21/4.2
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