Scout.com national top 100 class of 2017 prospect Justin Smith has seen his recruiting interest grow.
Villanova, Florida State, N.C. State, Stanford and Xavier are among the schools to jump in this spring.
One of the schools involved for a while is Indiana.
IU coach Tom Crean and his staff have been recruiting the 6-foot-6 small forward from Lincolnshire (IL) Stevenson for more than a year, and Smith has been on campus at Indiana.
Smith says he is now getting close to cutting his list, which also includes DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Rice, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and others.
“I don’t think I’m going to make a decision, but I may cut my list at the end of July, maybe mid-July,” Smith tells Peegs.com.
“It’s going to be whatever I’m comfortable with and whatever my family is comfortable with. I’ll keep taking visits and see where I’m comfortable and where I would fit.”
Players are allowed a maximum of five official visits and Smith said: “I envision myself taking all five.”
Smith said he plans to decide by the November signing period. “I don’t want to drag this out,” he said.
Expect Indiana to be visible watching Smith with his Mac Irvin Fire AAU team in July.
Smith and IU are in regular contact.
“We continue to have conversations. They tell me how much they want me to come up there. They want me to visit again,” Smith said. “I may do that. I just have to see how my schedule works out, but I’m interested in them.”
An outstanding student as well as top 100 basketball prospect, Smith wants an elite academic institution as well as basketball program.
“When I get there on a visit, I have to be able to envision myself at the school, and with the coaching staff, how they interact with me and my family, and what they’re about,” he said.
“It has to be a high academic school. Academics are important to me. I value that.”
Smith’s father is a banker. Both of his parents graduated from Illinois, another school that has been recruiting him for a while.
“They started recruiting me early, but my parents made it clear it’s my decision. They were going to guide me whether it’s Illinois or not, but they’ll be happy with my decision, and they’ve told me it’s my decision.”