Posted On: 09/5/15 3:00 PM

Editor's Note: We will be profiling a number of Louisiana basketball players who are candidates for Mr. Basketball throughout the summer. There will be a power ranking of those players as the season approaches.

Player: Javonte Smart, Scotlandville, 6'4 PG

Previous Season: 33-4, 5A State Champions, 5A 1st Team All-State

Why Will He Win? He was recently ranked #5 in the Nation in 2018 by ESPN and was the MVP of the 5A title game last year as a freshman. After being on the 5A All-State team and leading Scotlandville to yet another title, he followed it up with a Gold Medal for Team USA. With an evolving game that has already seen him take over late in the state playoffs once, he may be a favorite to win Mr. Basketball at a very young age.

Why Won't He Win? Only two juniors have won the award and the rest have been seniors. Javonte Smart will be a Sophomore so that will be a

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