Someone who raised his stock in a big way this spring is supremely athletic forward Justin Smith. The product of suburban Chicago starred with the Mac Irvin Fire, and got invited to NBPA Top 100 Camp and picked up a host of scholarship offers.
“I am enjoying myself at the camp,” said Smith of NBPA Camp. “It is a good experience to go against the type of talent that is here, and I am just trying to show what I can do and enjoy myself here.”
Preceding the invite to the prestigious camp was an uptick in his recruitment.
“I am talking to Villanova, Stanford, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida State, NC State, Xavier, and I’m going to Michigan for their team camp,” said Smith about who is in touch with him.
Stanford is a school that has long been linked to Smith because he is a tremendous student.
About the Cardinal, Smith said, “They’ve offered me. I don’t have to apply or anything until I know I want to go there. So that is when I’d have to apply and do an essay to get in there. It is a little different.”
When it comes to the offer, Smith explained, “It means a lot to have an offer from them. Just the opportunities you can have coming out of Stanford with the degree just in terms of jobs around and what that degree means.”
Another school that has long been involved with Smith is Illinois. The Illini have a strong family connection as both of his parents attending the school, and the coaches are working hard in this recruitment.
“Things are good with Illinois,” said Smith. “They are trying to get me down there for another visit. I am trying to see if my schedule works out. My parents both went there, but they both have told me it is my decision and they want me to do what is best for me.”
One school beginning to pick things up is Michigan. The Wolverines are also getting a little help in this recruitment from commitment Jordan Poole.
“I talk to Coach (John) Beilein or Coach (Billy) Donlon at least once a week,” said Smith. “My good friend and teammate Jordan Poole is committed to them so he lets me know about the school, so I am looking forward to learning more about them.”
Look for Smith to narrow his list down after the summer and make his visits before issuing a commitment.