MSU basketball misses out on Mark Smith, who picks Illinois
In an announcement on the Edwardsville High School gym floor, point guard Mark Smith picked up his navy blue hat with an orange I and put it on — he will stay in-state and attend the University of Illinois next season.
Smith is a 6-foot-5 point guard with an athletic slashing game complemented with deep range.
In his senior season at Edwardsville High School, Smith was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois. Smith was favoring college baseball last year, however had a change of heart.
He has received a lot of attention lately, MSU offered Smith on March 28. Other schools on his list included Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio State.
Last season, the Illinois Fighting Illini finished 20-15 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten Conference. This off-season, they fired their head coach John Groce after nine seasons and hired Brad Underwood, the former head coach of Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State.
Late last night, MSU missed out on five-star center Brandon McCoy to UNLV. Left on its target list for the 2017-18 basketball season is Brian “Tugs” Bowen from La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind.
For next year, the Spartans will bring in five-star center Jaren Jackson Jr. and four-star forward Xavier Tillman. They also will return freshman star Miles Bridges.