IU offers 2018 wing Jericole Hellems, watches 2017 guard Mark Smith

  • 01/25/2017 8:14 am in

Indiana coach Tom Crean was recruiting in Missouri and Illinois on Tuesday and made a pair of stops to watch two prospects.

Crean watched 2018 Chaminade College Prep (Mo.) forward Jericole Hellems and then moved over to Illinois to watch rising 2017 Edwardsville guard Mark Smith.

Hellems (pictured), is a 6-foot-6, 195 pound forward who is three-star prospect according to the 247Composite. Indiana offered him a scholarship after watching him.

Hellems played for the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) circuit last spring and summer. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. The junior wing was one of just three class of 2018 prospects on the Eagles roster.

Smith, a 6-foot-4 guard, was originally committed to Missouri for baseball but is now pursuing basketball in college.

On Tuesday night, Crean watched him score 32 points in a 59-48 win over Alton. The win improved Edwardsville to 17-1 this season.

According to Scout.com, Smith has scholarship offers from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri and Northwestern.

Entering Tuesday’s game, Smith was averaging 22.4 points (on 60.6 percent shooting), 8.5 assists and 7.9 rebounds.

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