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Reports: MSU target Smith to pick school Wednesday

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State is still looking to add to its 2017 recruiting class, and on Wednesday night, the Spartans will find out if one of their top targets will join the program.

Four-star guard Mark Smith of Edwardsville, Illinois, is set to announce his college choice during a 7 p.m. press conference at his high school on Wednesday, according to the Belleville News-Democrat and Scout.com.

The 6-foot-5 guard saw his stock soar after a senior season in which he averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds a game while earning Mr. Basketball honors in Illinois.

Tom Izzo and his staff have made Smith a priority and visited him again last week.

Smith also is drawing interest from Illinois and Ohio State, as well as Kentucky, and hosted Duke for an in-home visit.

He is ranked No. 74 in the nation according to the composite rankings at 247sports.com, as well as the No. 16 point guard.

Michigan State is looking to add another guard with size to the class, one that already includes 6-10 forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and 6-8 center Xavier Tillman. The Spartans also continue to pursue 6-10 Brandon McCoy and 6-7 wing Brian Bowen, a pair of five-star All-Americans.

The Spartans have one scholarship open but could have two depending on the status of forward Ben Carter, who is waiting to hear back from the NCAA on a petition for a sixth season of eligibility.

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