Smith reaffirms commitment to IU

Justin Smith is ready to become a Hoosier.

The four-star wing from Illinois has reaffirmed his commitment to IU after a meeting last week with new coach Archie Miller, Smith’s high school coach told The Herald-Times on Wednesday.

Smith is the highest-ranked member of IU’s three-man signing class for 2017. 247 Sports considers him to be the No. 72 player in the nation, the No. 16 player at his position and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois.

“He is excited to play for IU and Coach Miller,” Stevenson High School coach Pat Ambrose said.

Smith averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a senior during the regular season. The Associated Press named him to its Class 4A Second Team.

A high-flyer with an arsenal of dunks, Smith is also a strong and willing defender who can guard multiple positions. At the very least, his abilities on the defensive end of the floor should allow him to earn meaningful playing time as a freshman next season at Indiana.

Smith first received an IU offer from former coach Tom Crean’s staff during his sophomore season. He committed to the Hoosiers on Sept. 27 last year, choosing Indiana over other Big Ten offers from Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Smith and three-star Georgia guard Al Durham have each reaffirmed their commitments to Indiana since meeting with Miller last week. IU is still awaiting a final decision from four-star forward Clifton Moore.

Miller flew to Philadelphia on Sunday night to meet with Moore and his family. Moore’s AAU coach, Jonathan Michels, told The Herald-Times this week that the meeting went well, but no decision had been made.

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