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Greatest NBA Players Straight Out Of High School

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11 – Josh Smith

John McEachern High / Oak Hill Academy, 17th pick in 2004, Atlanta Hawks

J-Smoove initially played at John McEachern High then transferred to the highly touted Oak Hill Academy for his senior year where he started to gain a reputation for being an elite shot blocker. Smith led his team, alongside Rajon Rondo, to an immaculate 38-0 record while averaging 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 6 blocks per game. Smith went on to the NBA and maintained his all around display of talent while proving to be one of the game’s most versatile and exciting players during his best seasons in Atlanta.

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