2017 Intro: Justin Smith
Class of 2017 forward Justin Smith first opened up eyes this summer on the AAU circuit, and now as a sophomore starter at Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson, Smith is continuing to make an impression. At around 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, Smith brings a good deal of versatility to the court. He plays inside and out, and says his first exposure to varsity basketball on a big stage has been good. “So far the season is going pretty well,” said Smith. “I am fitting in with the structure of the offense and the chemistry is really flowing. It has been a good start to the season.” He continued, “Since the summer I have been working on being more consistent with my jump shot, and I also know that my ball handling needs to get stronger.” Recruiting wise Smith has one offer with several others showing interest. “Rice offered me last week,” said Smith. “Also I have interest from Northwestern, Illinois, Nebraska, and Miami.” About picking up an offer, Smith said, “It felt good to get an offer. It finally made me feel like I belong. It feels good to know that someone wants you to go to their school, so it was a good experience.” Illinois has yet to offer Smith, but they are keeping close tabs on him, and it is a program that Smith has connections to. “I grew up an Illini fan and both of my parents went to Illinois, so if they offered that would be real good,” explained Smith. Likewise Smith also has positive things to say about Northwestern. “It would be an honor to go there,” said Smith. “They have good academics and I think it would be a good fit with basketball as well.” Smith also noted that he hopes to get to Illinois, Northwestern, and Rice for visits.
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