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Mizzou basketball lands transfer G Mark Smith from IL

Mark Smith is planning to transfer to Missouri - he announced via Twitter late Saturday.

Smith committed to IL one year ago with great expectations but left the program after a disappointing freshman year under first-year coach Brad Underwood. He explained that he "didn't fit the system" at IL, where he averaged 5.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Yvonne Smith, Mark's mother, said the choice to play for Coach Cuonzo Martin was a "no-brainer".

Smith will sit out next season under NCAA rules before becoming eligible in 2019-20. He was rated the No. 5 player in the state of IL.

Basketball victor, a four-star recruit out of Edwardsville, averaged just 5.8 points per game last season.

He is a former top-100 recruit that had received interest from schools such as Kentucky, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

Smith ranked seventh on the team in minutes per game at 19.1.

Last December, Smith scored 11 points in an IL victory over Missouri. Smith's final start game January 24 when he had two points in a come-from-behind 73-71 victory over visiting Indiana. He scored 21 points in a win against DePaul and 17 in a loss to UNLV but did not score more than eight points against a Big Ten opponent. In addition to Smith, the Illini have lose three other players off their roster from last season: Leron Black, Michael Finke and Te'Jon Lucas.

IL transfer guard Mark Smith has officially committed to Missouri.



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