Class of 2017 forward Justin Smith commits to Indiana

  • 09/26/2016 9:11 pm in

Indiana’s 2017 recruiting class added a second member on Monday night as Stevenson (Ill.) forward Justin Smith announced for the Hoosiers.

The 6-foot-7 Smith, who averaged 17, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists at Stevenson as a junior, chose Indiana over Villanova. He also considered Michigan, Stanford, Xavier, Wisconsin and Illinois.

The four-star prospect is ranked No. 76 nationally by the 247Composite.

Smith averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this past spring on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit for the Mac Irvin Fire.

Indiana hosted Smith on three unofficial visits before his official visit to Bloomington on the weekend of September 10. His first unofficial visit to Indiana came in August of 2015, following a scholarship offer in May of 2015.

Smith’s visit to last year’s Hoosier Hysteria was considered pivotal in his recruitment.

He joins Berkmar (Ga.) guard Al Durham in IU’s 2017 recruiting class.

Indiana is still targeting Kris Wilkes, who will be in Bloomington this coming weekend for an official visit and point guard Tremont Waters, who visited this past weekend, among several others.

As a sophomore at Stevenson, Smith helped lead Stevenson to a Class 4A state championship along with current Villanova guard Jalen Brunson. He averaged 10.3 points and four rebounds that season.

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  • TomJameson

    I was guessing that we’d hear something today, but I understand that it takes time for the swelling to go down, an assessment to be made about the extent of the injury, and then the discussions as to the best course of action.

    Then there is the privacy concerns for Collin. Not everything ca be public knowledge just because we want to know. We’ll hear something as soon as they can, but I wouldn’t think an announcement would be held back for a recruits visit. That would go directly against the “honesty” factor that Wilkes is looking for.

  • BL4IU

    Randolph is a big (6’6) SG. Love his game. Reminds me of RJ. Does it all. Also, AD is 6’4 PG. Add those two with RJ, CUJO and DG and our backcourt would be more than solid.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Fair enough…I’ve seen Durham play a couple of times online and I know he is listed as a PG. Personally, I don’t see point guard skills. He’s a potentially very skilled player but I didn’t see a point guard. That’s just my opinion and it was only based on two games so I may very well be wrong about that. You’re right about Randolph, I’d forgotten about him being a SG. I still don’t see a true point guard on the roster in 2017-2018 but hey, Newkirk still has two years, Johnson could become one and I don’t truly know what we’ll get from Jones or Green so you may very well be correct.

  • Ole Man

    I was going off of 247 : Billy Preston
    Mouth Of Wilson, VA (Oak Hill Academy)

    Power Forward

    Ht 6-8 Wt 220

    If he’s 6’10, great.

  • Ole Man

    He has 3 and 4 years written all over him.
    A really solid addition, however.

  • Berned Out

    I’ll remind you in 2 years. LOL.

  • Arch Puddington

    I like the comparison. It would be good news indeed if he turns out to be another Will Sheehey.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! Thanks!

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Durham is a guard. Plus we will still have Newkirk, Johnson and Jones.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I can’t imagine that Collin being a redshirt would have any impact on Wilkes. Either way, Wilkes will get 20-25 min a game. Collin can play 2-5 and his 20-25 min per game will not hinder Wilkes development.

  • John D Murphy

    I was thinking the same thing. I also thought this kid is who Hollowell was supposed to be. If he puts his head down and works…he will have a tremendous career at IU. TC’s offense will create bountiful opportunities for JS’s skillset.

  • VAHoosier

    Not to mention Green, who I think may be the surprise of the class.

  • TomJameson

    Seen everything from 6’8″ to 6’10”. Let’s just say his growth plates are still open.

    My 6’10” came from ITH Recruiting Board.

  • TomJameson

    Josh Newkirk is a true point guard. Don’t underestimate him and his abilities at that position on a team like IU. I’ve been hearing a lot of really good things about him. 🙂 But, the 2017-18 season would be his last. Waters would be a great addition to secure the PG position.

  • SilentBob

    I’m aware that nobody will be stealing minutes from Wilkes if he comes. I’ve made the argument a million times myself when people would fret over people like Smith taking his spot. But it still muddies up the picture and would probably leave recruits feeling a little uneasy. Eye for eye, it doesn’t look like it’d matter much. But on net it could have a pretty big affect.

    Perhaps it keeps up from being able to get both a big and a high level point guard. And maybe that sways Kris some way. Or maybe he will see a fifth year senior and a junior in Morgan and see he may not start right away. For a guy who may be looking at being a one and done that could be big. Not to mention all the veteran scoring that would be around him. Even if he gets the minutes, he may not get ball as much as he think he should.

    Maybe I’m overthinking it. I probably am, but it shall be curious to watch.

  • SilentBob

    The high road is always nice, but if it’s legal and advantageous for us to withhold that information, then by all means withhold it. Not saying that is what is going on here though. And I’m not saying it is or isn’t advantageous.

  • Ole Man


  • marcusgresham

    The priority for a 2-guard is in 2018—Romeo Langford.

  • HardRockHoosier

    REALLY.. Ole man? The Recruiting Board show him at 6′ 10″ so who told you he is only 6′ 8″. Don’t know how you get all of this insider information.
    Or were you just throwing that out there unsubstantiated???

  • Courtney Graber

    I agree.

  • IUJeff

    And Blackmon

  • IUJeff

    Why does everyone assume JBJ has only one year left? I do not make that assumption.

  • TomJameson

    Well now, I didn’t say anything about JBJ leaving after this season (not here anyway :-), but I do think that. That’s not an “assumption” on my part (assumption being a presumption of fact) … but it is my guess that JBJ will go pro if he has a good and healthy year.

    I guess it’s no secret that he wants to go pro. I understand that he really is a very good, high character, young man. But that certainly doesn’t preclude him from chasing a lifelong dream.

  • Berned Out

    Smith is a winning brand all his own. He has a signature grace, fluidity and efficiency. Match that with added strength and endurance, and he will be a champ. Will was a great athlete and a bball intellectual, but inconsistent on the court, and I would say sometimes full of empty bravado, LOL.

  • Berned Out

    Keep pulling, and maybe he’ll gain a couple more inches! LOL.

  • SoCal Hoosier

    Relax on Billy – he won’t be coming to Bloomington. He’s coming home to LA, for at least a few minutes. He’ll likely be at 2 or 3 schools before it’s all said and done. He managed to go through 3 high schools before his sophomore year was done, then ended up at a faux academy/basketball school in Texas that got slammed for being a sham. Talented, undeniably. Hoosier material, not so sure.

  • bleeding crimson

    Love this kid, I agree he might be a two you kid esp. after he goes through our weight/training program. He’s a great inside/outside problem for other teams and seems to like to play D. I did notice on many vid’s that he is wearing a sleeve on his right shooting arm…wonder if he is nursing an injury or just for extra support or what?

  • Outoftheloop

    He looks like a right handed Calvin Cheaney! I’ll take two!!