It’s official — Edwardsville star Mark Smith will suit up for Illinois basketball starting later this year. Fighting Illini coach Brad Underwood held off the likes of Tom Izzo and Jon Calipari over the past month, and fans are predictably excited about what this means for the future of the program.
Here are some of the social media highlights following the announcement!
Smith also said that he's established a great relationship with Williams and Frazier. He's embracing challenge of putting Illini back on map— Chase Senior (@Chase_Senior) April 26, 2017
Illinois Mr. Basketball.— Robert (@ALionEye) April 26, 2017
Mark Smith: "I've been talking to my good friend Jeremiah. He's been talking to me about maybe coming back to the program." #illini— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) April 26, 2017
Mark Smith: "First time I went to Illinois, I knew this was the spot to me."— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) April 26, 2017
Mark Smith on the task of bringing #Illini basketball back to prominence: "It's a challenge that I want."— Derek Piper (@DPiperScout) April 26, 2017
Congrats to Illini basketball for not blowing it for the first time in 10 years. Mark Smith is good. https://t.co/O2em1AmMbH— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) April 26, 2017
There is real momentum at Illinois. Fan base is ready to explode. The on field/Court success we all want is next.— Martin O'Donnell (@MartinOD64) April 26, 2017
This is fun.