The Indiana Hoosiers got some good news on Monday. They landed their second commitment in the class and it was an important one in Justin Smith. The Chicagoland area product selected the Hoosiers over National Champion Villanova.
For Smith the decision wasn’t easy. After making official visits to both Villanova and Indiana, Smith decided to stay closer to home and picked the Hoosiers. That decision gave Tom Crean and his staff their first top 100 pledge in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
"I am thrilled to announce that I will continue to further my education and play basketball at Indiana University," announced Smith.
At nearly 6-foot-7 with big time athleticism, Smith has the versatility and ability to play either forward spot at Indiana. There is no doubt that the Hoosiers would like to use him in the same role and recently departed forward Troy Williams.
Indiana is looking to bring in a big class, and adding Smith gives them a lot of flexibility. Because Smith can play multiple spots on the offensive and defensive end, he allows for a lot of different players to fit in well in the class.
Smith’s athleticism is his calling card, but in the last 12 months he has also shown a much better and more consistent motor, while also working hard to improve on his outside jumper. The jump shot continues to be in a work in progress, but Smith has made strides, and should in time become at least a respectable three point shooter.
Add in that Smith is good getting to the rim, especially against taller defenders, and he is the type of matchup forward that Crean has proven to like in his offense.
Smith now joins three-star combo guard Al Durham in Indiana’s 2017 class, a class they hope grows by at least three before it is all said and done.