Indiana head basketball coach Tom Crean landed himself one of the better athletes in the 2017 class Monday night. That is when four-star small forward Justin Smith offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Hoosiers.
Smith took to Twitter to announce his decision.
“I am humbled by the opportunities I was given to play for many great schools,” Smith wrote on the social media site. “I am honored to have met great coaching staffs and people throughout this process. I am grateful for my teachers, coaches and parents, who have helped me develop as a student athlete. And I am thrilled to announce that I will continue my education and play basketball at Indiana University. #Hoosiers #IU.”
— Justin Smith (@justinsmith3_) September 27, 2016
Smith, a 6’7”, 185-pound small forward from Lincolnshire, Illinois (Adlai Stevenson) is rated as a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports. The site ranks Smith as the No. 76 overall prospect and the 17th-best small forward in the country. 247Sports also regards Smith as the fourth-best basketball player in the state of Illinois.
He is one of the most athletic players in the 2017 class. as Smith is a terror when in transition. Smith is a rugged forward who can play both inside and out and has a developing perimeter game.
Smith chose the Hoosiers after narrowing his list down to Indiana and Villanova. Smith also had offers from Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Xavier. He also received interest from DePaul, Michigan and Virginia.
Smith will join three-star point guard Aljami Durham in Crean’s 2017 recruiting class.