INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Hoosiers got their first prized frontcourt recruit for next season, as top 100 forward Justin Smith announced via his twitter account on Monday night that he will attend Indiana University next year. Lincolnshire (Ill.) Adlai Stevenson forward Justin Smith picked the Hoosiers over defending champion Villanova.
“I am humbled by the opportunities I was given to play for many great schools,” Smith wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I am honored to have met great coaching staffs and people throughout this process. I am grateful for my teachers, coaches and parents, who have helped me develop as a student athlete. And I am thrilled to announce that I will continue my education and play basketball at Indiana University.”
Smith, is a 6-7 forward from the Chicago area, and will be in a prime position to get a ton of playing time as a freshman. Smith is ranked the No. 76 player in the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 17 power forward. That same ranking rates him a four-star recruit. With being a highly touted high school player, should O.G. Anunoby or Thomas Bryant depart for the NBA following this season, Smith will be a great candidate to fill those voids.
Also, Indiana is after 6-8 North Central senior Kris Wilkes and is among the favorites to land him. If so, Wilkes and Smith are great options to start at the forward spots next year.
The Hoosiers have also signed guard Al Durham from Georgia to next year’s recruiting class and are also after West Haven (Conn.) Notre Dame point guard Tremont Waters, who visited Bloomington last weekend and is also considering Kentucky and Kansas.