Last week, UK got a commitment from four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker, but apparently the staff is still keeping an eye on Mark Smith. Smith, who also hosted Duke earlier this week, will visit UK before making his decision, but a different suitor is currently trending in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball: Illinois. Brad Underwood seems to have made landing Smith, the Illinois Mr. Basketball, a priority, and Smith will visit his home state school this weekend, along with Ohio State.
The last four picks in the Crystal Ball have been for Illinois, including that of the site’s primary recruiting guru, Jerry Meyer, who flipped his pick from Michigan State:
Smith played in the Derby Festival Classic last week, and afterwards, told Ben Roberts that Illinois is recruiting him as a point guard, his preferred position, whereas Kentucky and Michigan State see him more as a shooting guard. Will Underwood seal the deal this weekend or will Smith hold out to take a visit to Lexington? Great question. While you figure out the answer, I’m going to watch these highlights: