In three years with the LSU basketball team, Javonte Smart showed steady improvement in some important statistical categories from his first season to his third.

The most important numbers were the strides he made in his scoring averages and field-goal percentages, which increased each year in his career with his hometown university.

They were enough to make the 6-foot-4 combo guard from Scotlandville Magnet put his name in the NBA draft, which wasn’t a surprise after he also explored his options after his first two seasons.