Shooting guard Mark Smith has committed to Illinois. The state’s Mr. Basketball will stay home to play college basketball.
Smith’s stellar senior season propelled him into the recruiting spotlight after the conclusion of the college basketball season, drawing attention from Coach Cal, Coach K and many others. Smith played in the Derby Basketball Classic two weeks ago and planned to visit Kentucky. After a trip to Champaign, he’d seen enough.
Moving forward, John Calipari has already picked up one postseason commitment from shooting guard Jemarl Baker. The next shooting guard to commit could be on campus right now, Pitt grad transfer Cam Johnson.