At least 20 college basketball programs have reached out to former Indiana hoops star Justin Smith. The ex-Hoosier decided to put his name into the NCAA transfer portal after he withdrew from the 2020 NBA Draft.
Smith will graduate from Indiana and will have immediate eligibility for one more season at the college level.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported over the weekend that Smith has heard from at least 20 programs around the country. Four of those schools are from the B1G, including IU’s fiercest rival. The four B1G programs to reach out were:
The other 16 schools to reach out include:
- Iowa State
- Mississippi State
- Notre Dame
- Boston College
- Arizona State
- Wake Forest
- New Mexico
- NC State
- Virginia Tech
Smith started all 32 games for the Hoosiers this past season, averaging 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game, all career highs. He scored a season-high 24 points in the season opener against Western Illinois and recorded his lone double-double of the year against Nebraska, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
“Justin Smith and I had a conversation recently where we discussed his future, the feedback from the NBA and he has made the decision to graduate and transfer for his final season of eligibility,” IU head coach Archie Miller said in the statement. “I support his decision and wish Justin and his family all the best in this next chapter.”
In his three seasons at IU, Smith posted a career average of 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. He has appeared in 98 games and made 73 starts.