Four-star 2017 forward Justin Smith has reconfirmed his decision to play college basketball at Indiana.
The athletic 6-foot-6 wing and his family met with new IU coach Archie Miller on Thursday, gave themselves time to think through things and decided to stay with the Hoosiers.
Smith has signed a national letter of intent and never asked for a release. He plans to arrive on campus at IU in June.
“It was a situation of wait and see,” Justin Smith’s father, Ed Smith, told Peegs.com of the process following the coaching change. “We had that meeting. It was a great meeting.
“Justin received a lot of great information from coach Miller, and he’s all in. He’s a Hoosier, and he’s excited about it. We’re all excited.”
Smith is ranked No. 90 nationally by Scout.com, the highest ranked of IU’s three 2017 signees.
Three-star guard Al Durham also has re-confirmed his decision to play for the Hoosiers following a Thursday night meeting with Miller.
Ed Smith said several factors led to their decision.
“No. 1, the staff that he put together. No. 2, how Justin would be utilized. Justin is an athletic wing. He is similar to OG (Anunoby) only he doesn’t have OG’s body. The explosiveness is similar, but OG is much stronger.
“Justin’s shooting ability is very good, taking his man off the dribble is outstanding. That’s what his game is. He can fill in some gaps for Indiana.
“IU has some guards that are very good. Defensively, Justin is very versatile. He can guard the one, two, three and sometimes the four. His defensive prowess he learned under (Stevenson coach Pat) Ambrose will set him apart, and what’s underrated about him is his passing ability. He’s very versatile, and that’s how we feel he can help Indiana.
“He’s been training with a professional trainer since fourth grade. He’s preparing for all the rigors of this stuff with his strength trainer and his skills trainer. He’s going to be prepared.
“We feel Justin will be able to help Indiana. Everybody is looking forward to it. His family, his coach, everybody he’s played with, everybody he’s played against.”
Another part of Miller’s message resonated as well.
“The offense is predicated on spacing and ball movement. That was similar to coach (Tom) Crean, so that was good,” Ed Smith said.
“And defensively, getting the ball out and attacking. Once we heard that, we felt good.”