Missouri basketball received good news over the weekend when former Illinois guard Mark Smith announced his transfer to the Tigers. Now, that news is official.
Coach Cuonzo Martin officially announced the big addition on Monday morning.
“We are excited to have Mark Smith join the Mizzou Basketball Family,” Martin said in a release. “Mark is a high character individual and a great fit for our program. We can’t thank his parents, Yvonne and Anthony, enough for trusting us with their son. He is a dynamic, talented scorer and distributor, and we can’t wait to get him to campus.”
Smith hails from Edwardsville, Ill. and had a solid freshman campaign for Brad Underwood and the Illini. He made 19 starts and scored 5.8 points per contest during his lone season in Champaign.
“Cuonzo has a lot of faith in me, he’s expecting big things from me in the future and I just feel like we have a really good relationship,” Smith said in the release. “I’m excited to get to Columbia and work with him and the staff.”
Smith was a consensus 4-star prospect out of high school in the class of 2017, and was also named Mr. Illinois Basketball after his senior season.