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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