Four-star 2017 forward Justin Smith of Lincolnshire (IL) Stevenson commits to Indiana

Indiana added a significant piece to its 2017 recruiting class today with the commitment of top-100 prospect Justin Smith.

Indiana added a significant piece to its 2017 recruiting class today with the commitment of top-100 prospect Justin Smith.

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The 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward from Lincolnshire (IL) Stevenson in the Chicago suburbs and Mac Irvin Fire AAU program is a four-star prospect ranked No. 91 nationally by

Smith is an outstanding athlete who can score in the mid-range and off the bounce, is a solid defender and a very good rebounder from his position.

Smith fits what Indiana coach Tom Crean likes in terms of versatile, athletic players who can function in various spots on the floor and defend players with different skills.

Smith joins Berkmar (GA) guard Al Durham in Indiana's 2017 recruiting class so far.

Smith made an official visit to Indiana earlier in September and made several unofficial visits to IU. He was at Hoosier Hysteria in the fall of 2015.

Indiana offered a scholarship in May of 2015.

Crean and IU assistant Rob Judson were very active in Smith’s recruitment, with help from IU assistants Chuck Matin and Tim Buckley.

Smith comes from a Big Ten family that is well-versed in IU lore.

His parents are both Illinois graduates, and his father grew up in Danville, Ill., and followed IU basketball closely.

“What I like is the fact that Indiana has great history and great tradition,” Ed Smith, Justin’s father told earlier this month. “I’ve been watching Indiana basketball as well as Illinois basketball since I was a young kid.

“I knew all the history of Indiana basketball, growing up watching Bobby Knight’s teams. I knew all the players names on the Indiana teams, the Quinn Buckners, Wayne Radfords, Bobby Wilkersons, Scott Mays, all of those guys, as well as watching Illinois when Rob Judson was a player. It’s about the rich history of Indiana basketball.

“I grew up in Danville (Illinois) which is about an hour from Bloomington. I had all that history and knowledge from the past, and the rich tradition has always been appealing.”

IU built a strong relationship with Smith during the recruiting process that stretch over a couple years.

"Just the way that they communicate with me. Not just the ‘We want you to come here and we want this, this and this.' It is more making me feel we're just having a conversation," Smith told this summer.

Crean’s player development program also stuck out to Smith.

"Just the way they develop players," Smith told this summer of why IU stood out to him.  "Coach Crean and his staff do a really good job of developing players. They make players who may not be highly touted out of high school and turn them into pros. Just the way they develop and have confidence in their players."


Justin Smith, family well versed in Indiana basketball lore

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