A former top-100 recruit and Mr. Basketball winner is leaving the Illinois program.
Mark Smith will transfer from the Illini after just a single season, according to multiple reports.
The 6-foot-4 guard saw limited action in his rookie campaign, averaging 5.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.1 minutes per game. He shot 33.7 percent from the floor and 23.2 percent from 3-point range.
Smith was named the state of Illinois’ Mr. Basketball last spring, and was a consensus top-100 prospect in the 2017 class with offers from the likes of Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas State and Boston College, among others.
Illinois went 14-18 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten in coach Brad Underwood’s first season in Champaign.