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Calipari Offers Illinois Shooting Guard Mark Smith

Billy Hurst } The Telegraph

Billy Hurst } The Telegraph

John Calipari is starting the active recruiting period with a bang.  During an in-home visit, Calipari extended a scholarship offer to four-star shooting guard Mark Smith, according to his AAU coach Andre McMurray.

The 6’5″ 40 percent three-point shooter won Illinois’ Mr. Basketball after averaging 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game.  A winner, he led Edwardsville High School to a 30-2 record in his final season.  Smith is also being pursued by Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois, Mizzou, Butler, Northwestern and many others.


Article written by Nick Roush

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8 Comments for Calipari Offers Illinois Shooting Guard Mark Smith

  1. nicky
    9:39 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink


  2. Cokely53
    9:54 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Weren’t we hoping for a commitment to go along with the offer? Hopefully he did but they are just waiting to announce it.

  3. AllBlueAllDay
    10:51 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    This guy would be a heck of an addition. My favorite part of the clip starts at the 1:07 mark. Kid hustles like a mad man.

  4. T-wah
    11:34 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    From what I’ve seen on video, I really like this kid. He’s got good size, can shoot from range, has good body control around the basket, and appears to be a pretty good passer. I think he’d be a great addition to our squad.

  5. dballrb
    1:24 am April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Sign’em up..

  6. catsarerunnin
    8:16 am April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Oh damn another 4 or 5 star player. When will Cal realize to win a title every year he needs a bench full of 2 or 3 star crap players who stay 4 years????

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:04 am April 7, 2017 Permalink

      In addition to the regular one-and-dones, I notice Cal is starting to get regular two-and-dones as well. This kid will be another, if he comes here. Given the ample PT that talented kids get here, two years here is about the same playing time that most kids around the country get in four years anyway. There are four-year guys who never played the minutes of Ulis or Briscoe, for example. So two years is the new four years, at least for some kids.

  7. ABthetruth502
    1:43 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    So now when Pay Pal Cal needs an instant impact player, he’s all the sudden NOT against guys transferring?? After being THE MOST outspoken critic against this rule, now he’s doing Exactly what he’s criticized others for doing. SMFH. It’s just a never ending avalanche of Bullshjt with this Used Car Salesman of A Coach.