Missouri basketball has reason to celebrate on Friday afternoon. The Tigers have landed the commitment of coveted transfer Dru Smith, according to a report from Rivals.com national basketball analyst Corey Evans.
Smith, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, completed his sophomore season at Evansville with an impressive per-game stat line of 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2 steals. He announced his intent to leave the school in early April.
Another stat worth monitoring for Mizzou basketball fans is Smith’s ability to shoot the 3-point shot. He made 48 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc in the 2017-18 season.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard missed 10 games last season due to various foot issues, according to Courier & Press reporter Pat Hickey:
He missed four games with a stress fracture, three with plantar fasciitis and another four with a bruised heel. As a freshman, he sat out five games in the middle of the season after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Cuonzo Martin was in early on Evans, reportedly making an offer to Smith on the same day he announced his intention to transfer. Missouri beat out Virginia Tech, VCU and Nebraska, among others, in the race to secure Smith’s surfaces.
Evansville is in the midst of a coaching regime change, as the Purple Aces recently hired former Kentucky star Walter McCarty as their new head coach. Evansville, which competes in the Missouri Valley Conference, fired former coach Marty Simmons after a 17-15 finish to the 2017-18 season.