Indiana's 2017 recruiting class gained its first frontcourt player Monday night, when Lincolnshire (Ill.) Adlai Stevenson forward Justin Smith picked the Hoosiers.

He had narrowed his recruitment down to IU and defending champion Villanova.

"I am humbled by the opportunities I was given to play for many great schools," Smith wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "I am honored to have met great coaching staffs and people throughout this process. I am grateful for my teachers, coaches and parents, who have helped me develop as a student athlete. And I am thrilled to announce that I will continue my education and play basketball at Indiana University."

A 6-7 forward from the Chicago area, Smith took an official visit to Indiana on Sept. 10, and the Hoosiers had long been considered a leading player in his recruitment. IU coach Tom Crean and assistant coach Rob Judson spearheaded Indiana's pursuit.

"Smith is someone who will bring a multitude of things to Indiana, which is perfect for what Tom Crean has tried to do in the last few years, with multidimensional players," said ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello. "He can play either forward position, and is a versatile defender.