Video: Class of 2017 Indiana signee Justin Smith

  • 12/12/2016 1:42 pm in

The highest rated member of Indiana’s current 2017 recruiting class is Adlai Stevenson (Ill.) wing Justin Smith, who committed to the Hoosiers in late September.

Smith is a four-star prospect and the No. 75 player nationally according to the 247Composite. Smith recently finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in a 50-30 win for Adlai Stevenson over Lake Forest (Ill.) on Dec. 6.

Here’s a comprehensive video look at Smith’s performance against Lake Forest, which also includes missed shots, rebounds and a few other plays, to give a better feel for what the Hoosiers are getting in the 6-foot-7 prospect:

(Thanks to SHS-TV for full game footage.)

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  • Mark Hinton

    I like his abilities. I can see them translate to the College game.
    Maybe it is just this video, but he seems to be a black hole once he gets the ball. I didn’t even see him look for anybody to pass to.

  • VanPastorMan

    That’s Illinois High School Basketball. There aren’t very many in the stands. I’d think with a kid like Smith a ton of people would want to come just to see him play.

  • KelvinSampson87

    I would assume he would adjust his game a bit when hes not playing 5’6 kids from Lake Forest. He is going to be a great player for IU. Reminds me of a a less polished Jayson Tatum. I do hope we add another 4-5 star recruit to this class. Maybe time for Crean to pick up his texting game..

  • SCHoosier

    Appreciate the effort in getting these highlites together. Kid looks like he’s in a different league from the rest of his team mates. Relentless in going to the hole and has a soft touch at the line to back that up. His AAU stuff as I remember it..against better competition was more “telling”.

  • BC Hoosier

    I think JS really fits in CTC’s system on both ends of the floor. I would love to see Jordan Tucker added to the class and paired with JS on the wing.
    Even if IU adds Tucker, I think they still need to add a big that can contribute in some capacity. I can’t see Moore being that guy next year, but maybe I’m wrong. I can see IU being active in the grad. transfer pool this spring to close out the class.

  • Nimbi63

    If he doesn’t learn to pass the ball he will be playing one-on-three or one-on-four a lot in college.

  • Stromboli

    Awesome, I’m very excited about this kid coming to IU. He plays nasty, goes strong towards the hoop in a–dare I say–Troy like manner. He looks for contact and wants to play fast. I think it’s hard for him against that competition level to get the pace going that he wants to play. I have no doubt that at IU he’ll happily pass and move without the ball like Crean wants his team to do.

    That empty gym was weird.

  • IULore

    I like how schools just rip off pro logos all the time. Super funny

  • ForeverIU

    It’s funny how people are wondering why Justin doesn’t pass. Maybe because this is a collection of clips where HE actually scores? Duh. LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    No game until Saturday? Thank God for ITH!

  • Not to change the topic here, but ESPN mentioned Roy Williams going to see Langford today in New Albany.

  • ForeverIU

    How dare you change the topic??!! I was in deep focus here.

  • I’m trying to provoke dragons.

  • And there really aren’t many good games all week, anywhere. Including the footballs. Finally rewatch a few games?

  • ForeverIU

    I’m just a fat ole peasant with a pitch fork. LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    Must be finals week all over.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Hello Romeo! I am the incredible Roy Williams of North Carolina. What did you say????? Classes? No you won’t have to take any classes!!!! Trust me we have that covered with the NCAA.

  • The only good justification, as far as I’m concerned. STUDENT-athletes. (but there are quite a few games this week, they just aren’t particularly interesting at first glance)

  • From what we’ve learned over recent years, this is all fine and good, as long as he doesn’t TEXT this to him personally?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Texting Smexting! It is all the same!

  • cbags05

    ‘Ol Roy ?

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    You go on out and have fun playing with your footsballs:)

  • marcusgresham

    With three already committed and the possibility that Hartman comes back on medical redshirt, to add Tucker AND a grad transfer is going to take a pretty substantial roster turnover, and I don’t know that there are that many guys currently at IU I want to see leave to make room.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    His scoring potential is through the roof! Very right hand dominate. Victor worked on his left and got better but still relies too much on his right hand. And he just got paid $84 mil I think. Once he learns the Tom Crean offense and knows that he can kick it out to shooters that will hit open shots, the sky is the limit. He’s playing one man ball right now in high school. But he knew what he signed up for at IU and will have to earn every minute he gets. His shot looks nice, he gets into the lane, draws fouls, but he needs to work on the passing game. He knew he was gonna have to work hard at IU when be signed up.. If he does, watch out!

  • marcusgresham

    He was there a few weeks ago right before the season began

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Did you honestly ever think we had a chance? He’ll probably end up at Duke. After Juwan and OG, I no longer care about rankings. Lets just keep getting guys that want to play some team ball and improve.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83


  • Sghoosier

    Was basketball only recently introduced to high schools? Crowds equivalent to HS badminton match.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Outside of his basketball abilities, I like his knack for avoiding cheerleader backflips! (See first few seconds of the video)

  • Bill Graham

    Well this game obviously didnt take place in Indiana because that high school gym is empty.

  • BC Hoosier

    I never want to see anyone go. Without naming the players, I could see at least four scholarships open up. IU is currently two over for next year so that would leave two scholarships to fill. Looking at the numbers it’s a very realistic situation. I will agree, Hartman is the wild card. With so many questions and decisions to be settled about the roster in the spring, I think IU could be active in the spring (grad. transfer) to fill a need based on those decisions.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Whose come to slay the dragon……….come to watch him fall…….making arrows out of pointed words….giant killers at the call….too much fuss and bother….too much contradiction and confusion

  • Yes and no. I always think we have a chance, no matter what. But that said, I also lean in the other direction and don’t particularly care for the “top ranked” whatevers. I prefer watching players develop over several years, particularly when they are good kids who really love the game and the school. One-and-dones win fewer championships than teams with lots of talented and seasoned veterans. It’s also simply a superior, sweeter fan experience.

  • too cold, I’ll just stay indoors and play with my other balls.

  • mharv2631

    A lot of coaches will be looking at him. It doesn’t mean anything until he signs with a program. Hopefully it will be IU


    I think he’s going to UofL.