Video: Justin Smith Nike EYBL highlights

  • 07/21/2016 11:41 am in

Class of 2017 Stevenson (Ill.) and Mac Irvin Fire wing Justin Smith has visited Bloomington multiple times and is one of the program’s top wing recruiting targets. Smith averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this year on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

With the help of Krossover, we recently broke down some film of Smith to provide Indiana fans with a feel for his game and style of play.

You can find more Nike EYBL highlights at Krossover.

(Photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike)

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Looks long, smooth movement, pretty release. Those EYBL numbers don’t blow any minds but his play looks very solid.

  • Bill Graham

    A few more facts:

    He’s 6-7 from Illinois. Considered a split between Stanford and Illinois (crystal ball).

    247 has him #68, ESPN has him #75, Scout has him #79.

    ESPN’s abstract’s describes him as a good shooter (but only when his feet are set). And it also describes him as an excellent transition slasher.

    Overall to me he reminds me a lot of Jordan Tucker….Tucker is like poor mans Porter this kid is like a poor man’s Tucker.

    This makes me worry a bit (EYBL stats)… He’s only shooting 20% from the 3…
    39% from the field
    55% from the F.T.
    less than 1 assist per game
    1.2 stls per game
    .2 blocks per game
    *he’s averaging 18 mins a game…so numbers should at least be a bit better….but his team is terrible which makes me wonder also.

    Overall, I’m on the fence with this one guys. On the one hand is highlights are very impressive and show great potential…. On the other hand he isn’t doing squat in the EYBL….I see a lot of angry ITHers if we get this kid and don’t have room for Bamba, Diallo, or Tucker.

  • TomJameson

    You’re right about the miffed ITHers if that happens. I may even be one of them! Justin’s shooting stroke looks pretty good, but pretty slow.

    Enough 4-year players … we now need the impact players … especially when you talk about guards.

  • Bill Graham

    Ya, I’m just not seeing it on this one…With one low-ranked poor shooter already committed it might be smart to watch who we are offering (get some elite kids first then fill the gaps)…we have enough depth to be patient.

  • Ole Man

    IU doesn’t need anymore solid.
    It needs spectacular! LOL!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    it’s true. i don’t have an issue with CTC going after raw talent. he’s proven his ability to help players reach their potential, and it’s nice having guys for 4 years. CH is going to make a significant impact this season. at the same time, he’s got to reel in the more polished, instant impact players. got to have more CZ caliber, top 1015 players if we’re gonna be in the title discussion on a yearly basis.

  • SilentBob

    Well if it’s any comfort, if OG lives up to the NBA hype, we will have more than enough room for more wings. Especially with as many players there are projected to commit late. If OG doesn’t quite live all the way up to the hype, then I’m much less concerned about the wing positions for his junior season.

  • Ole Man

    We’re almost on the same page!!