Illini-Nation: Jamar, what was the deciding factor in choosing to orally commit to Illinois?
Jamar Smith: I really like their style of play. They love to run and gun, that's the big thing. I can see myself working in that type of offense.
I-N: What did you like about the coaching staff?
JS: I've known coach McLain since I was 6 years old and had gone to his summer camps so I was real comfortable with him. Then I met Coach Weber and he's a great guy. I really like Coach Weber a lot.
I-N: How do you see yourself fitting in with the Illini?
JS: I think with my height I'm probably better suited for the point guard position but I like playing the 2 just as much. I see myself in like a Deron Williams type role. You have to be able to play both positions.
I-N: Jamar, what would you say is the best thing about your game?
JS: Right now it's my quick release.
I-N: And what do you need to work on the most?
JS: My physical strength. After watching the Purdue game I realized how much it can take out of you getting banged around like that. Purdue had some tough players. That's how the Big 10 will be though so I have to get ready.
I-N: You've told me before that you've grown up liking the Illini, do you have a favorite player from past Illini teams?
JS: Oh for sure Frankie Williams. Him, Sergio, and Marcus were always at the Manual camps that I used to attend. I loved watching Frankie Williams play ball.
I-N: Are you friends with any of the current players?
JS: Yeah me and Brian Randle worked out this summer together at Landmark Recreation Center. All the guys are cool.
I-N: Was following the so-called "Peoria pipeline" a factor in your recruitment?
JS: No not really. I just took the opportunity that was presented to me by Illinois.
I-N: Is there any player that you played with or against this summer that you'd like to see come to Illinois with you?
JS: I know they really like Julian Wright and Jon Scheyer and I played with both of them on my AAU team. We play really good together. I talk to them on a regular basis so now I'm a recruiter too.
I-N: Jamar thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Good luck with the rest of your season.
JS: No problem, anytime man.