Last night, Mark Smith officially became the first state of Illinois prep Mr. Basketball to join Illini basketball since 2010 (Jereme Richmond). Let’s hope for the sake of everyone involved that Smith’s career, and life after college basketball, works out better than Richmond’s did.
Mark Smith is a four-star prospect is now ranked No. 52 by Rivals, No. 74 by 247 Sports Composite and No. 76 by Scout in the top 100 for the Class of 2017. He’s a 6-4 guard from Edwardsville who recorded a career-high 45 points in a sectional final win over Ottawa on March 10.Follow paulmbanks