Indiana’s Justin Smith has decided to pull his name out of the 2020 NBA Draft, but he will not be returning to Bloomington for his final season at the college level. Instead, Smith will graduate from IU and finish his career elsewhere.
Head coach Archie Miller released a statement on the matter on Friday.
“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,” Miller said in the statement. “I support his decision and wish Justin and his family all the best in this next chapter.”
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.
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.
As a graduate transfer, Smith will be immediately eligible at his next destination.