FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Former Indiana Hoosier forward Justin Smith will join the Arkansas men’s basketball program for the 2020-21 season as a graduate transfer, head coach Eric Musselman announced.
Smith is ranked 11th on TheStadium.com’s graduate transfers list and #21 on ESPN’s.
6-7, 230, F
Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Indiana University / Stevenson HS)
Graduated in just three years from Indiana’s Kelley School or Business in the Spring of 2020 … Played in all of Indiana’s 98 games (with 73 starts) over the past three years … This past season, led the Hoosiers in steals (31) and minutes played (30.3 avg.) while ranking second in rebounding (5.2 avg.) and third in scoring (10.4 avg.) … In his three-year career, has scored 821 points with 419 rebounds, 64 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocked shots … Has four career double-doubles.
Junior (2019-20 at Indiana):
Started all 32 games … Led the team in steals (31) and minutes played (971) … Averaged 10.4 points and tied for second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game … Named IU’s athletic department’s Male Student-Athlete of the Month for January ... Tied his career-high with 24 points and with a career-high three steals, adding seven boards, against Western Illinois ... Notched 18 points and eight rebounds (five offensive) against Portland State ... Scored a team-high 22 points in a win over Troy, making 8-of-9 field goals, both of his 3-point attempts and all four free throw attempts while tying a career-high with three steals ... Finished with 18 points and eight boards against South Dakota State ... Posted another solid effort with 14 points and five rebounds against Florida State ... Logged a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards against Nebraska ... Pulled down eight rebounds against Arkansas ... Finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals against Northwestern ... Posted a team-high 15 points with seven boards at Rutgers ... Tallied 15 points , seven rebounds and two assists at Nebraska ... Finished with 13 points and seven rebounds at Penn State ... Only had six points with seven boards but was credited with playing lock-down defense against Iowa ... Also played outstanding defense and with nine points, eight boards and two steals against Penn State ... Had 12 points and six rebounds against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament.
Sophomore (2018-19 at Indiana):
Earned 2019 Academic All-Big Ten … Played in all 35 games and started 32 times ... Fifth on the team averaging 8.2 points and third on the team averaging 4.5 rebounds ... Added 22 steals ... Pulled down nine rebounds at Penn State and versus Louisville and versus Michigan ... Posted a season-high 15 points and added six boards at Purdue ... Had two double-doubles for the season … The first was scoring 10 points and tying a career-high with 12 rebounds at Northwestern ... The second was at Michigan – and perhaps his best overall game as a Hoosier – as he scored 13 points with 10 rebounds while adding two assists and three blocks, including a game-saving deflection with 3.4 seconds left on a layup … Recorded a career-high 24 points against Michigan State, hitting a career-best three 3-pointers ... Had 15 points and seven boards at Illinois ... Tallied a career-high three assists against Rutgers ... Just missed another double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against St. Francis in the NIT.
Freshman (2017-18 at Indiana):
Emerged as the top freshman to help the Hoosiers ... Played in all 31 games and started 9 times ... Averaged 6.5 points and shot 55.0% from the floor ... Third on the team in scoring in Big Ten play, averaging 7.8 points ... Shot 55.3% from the field in conference play ... Notched his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Howard ... Made his first career start at Seton Hall and had 10 points with four rebounds ... Logged his second career start at Minnesota and finished with a season-high 20 points … Knocked in go-ahead triple in the closing minutes versus the Gophers ... Finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 13 minutes against Illinois ... Had 15 points and three rebounds at Iowa ... Tallied 16 points and eight rebounds at Nebraska ... Scored16 points against Ohio State.
A 2017 graduate of Adlai Stevenson High School … Ranked No. 91 overall in the class by Rivals.com ... As a senior, averaged 21 points and nearly 10 rebounds ... Logged 16 double-doubles during his senior year … Received second team All-State for Class 4A by the Associated Press ... Two-time Lake County Player of the Year by the Daily Herald ... During his junior year, posted averages of 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists ... Helped Stevenson to the Illinois state title as a sophomore … Played AAU basketball for the Mac Irvin Fire program … Son of Edward and Lucy Smith … Has two sisters, Devin and Meredith.