Elite 4-star shooting guard Mark Smith has officially signed with Illinois.
The Edwardsville, Ill., guard announced his decision Wednesday evening. Smith is ranked No. 74 nationally by 247 Sports composite for the 2017 class. Smith put on a blue Illinois hat to reveal his choice.
The Illini later revealed Smith, Illinois Mr. Basketball, has signed with the program.
4-star Mark Smith signs with Illinois
Officially Signed ✍️: Mr. Basketball @Mark_Smith_13
— Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) April 26, 2017
The Illini beat out Michigan State and Ohio State, among others, to get Smith’s commitment. Smith, listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, plays for Edwardsville High School. He averaged 21.9 points his senior season as Edwardsville went 30-2.
Smith hinted at a commitment announcement Monday night, writing “Big announcement Wednesday at 6 in EHS gymnasium be there!!”
4-star SG Mark Smith
Big announcement Wednesday at 6 in EHS gymnasium be there!!??
— MARK SMITH (@Mark_Smith_13) April 25, 2017
Along with his top-100 ranking overall, Smith is No. 4 for Illinois and No. 16 in the country at shooting guard.
Smith is one of the top basketball recruits in Big Ten country. Previously committed to Missouri for baseball, Smith de-committed last July.
But since focusing on basketball, Smith saw his recruitment pick up.
Smith visited Ohio State this past weekend and also got a visit from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo earlier this month. But the shooting guard picked the in-state Illini.