Friday, March 7, 2008

Senior Spotlight: Jajuan Smith

We start our Senior Spotlight leading up to Senior Day (Sunday) with Jajuan Smith.
Jajuan. A name that has been stumbled upon for four years by the media. Jajuan comes from Cleveland, Tennessee and attended McMinn County High School where he averaged 25 points and six assists as a senior. Jajuan was a McDonald's All-America nominee and earned all-region and all-district each of his four seasons there, as well as, all-state recognition three years. Jajuan was also a leader and was a three-time team MVP. Well worth it as he finished his career as McMinn County's second leading all-time scorer with 2,074 career points. However, he was not heavily recruited despite some fantastic numbers. Smith worked hard and earned a spot on Buzz Peterson's Vols as a walk-on. Jajuan's dreams came true when he earned a scholarship and later was put into the starter position. He hasn't disappointed Vol fans either, as he ranks among Tennessee's career leaders in 3 pointers made, 3-pointers attempted, 3-point percentage, 3-pointers per game, steals, and steals per game. Not to mention, the fact that he has broken the 1000 mark in career points with the Vols and an average of over 14 points per game this year. Jajuan has had close ties to the Vols for some time now as he is the cousin of former Vols Vincent Yarbrough and Del Baker. Jajuan's individual Senior Day came against Florida in which he helped lead the Vols to a 104-82 victory with 23 points,3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Even better, he put the Vols over the century mark with 1:07 left in the game. Jajuan has scored 32 points twice this year coming against Middle Tennessee State and Arkansas. Jajuan has been a key asset over his entire career in the orange and white, and will no doubt have to be one if the Vols want to make any sort of late March/early April run. Thanks for all you've done as a Vol, Jajuan, help the Vols bring home a championship.

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