Former Mizzou guard Mark Smith commits to Kansas State basketball program
It took former Missouri guard Mark Smith only a few days to find his landing spot after entering the transfer portal Saturday.
Smith committed to Kansas State early Tuesday morning on social media.
The Edwardsville, Illinois, native is primed to become one of the rare college players to play in three major conferences with his pledge to the Wildcats.
Smith spent his sophomore through senior seasons in Columbia after starting his career at Illinois. A central figure in recent Braggin' Rights matchups, he was always on the winning team in the Missouri vs. Illinois showdown, including an Illini victory.
Before going to Champaign, Smith was a standout basketball and baseball player at Edwardsville High School in the suburban St. Louis area.
During the 2020-21 season, Smith started 24 of the Tigers' 26 games and appeared in all of them. He was second on the team in minutes played (29.6 per game) and fourth with 9.7 points per game.
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In his first two years at Missouri, Smith played in 43 combined games, missing a few stretches with injuries. As a sophomore in 2018-19, Smith shot 45% from 3-point range, the highest percentage in the Southeastern Conference for players with 100 or more attempts.
The 45% mark from beyond the arc was the fourth-highest by a sophomore in Missouri history and the eighth-highest ever in program history.
His 3-point shooting percentage regressed in each subsequent season, with a 37.1% clip as a junior and 31.5% this season. In his NCAA Tournament debut and Missouri finale, Smith scored 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Smith heads to Manhattan after the Wildcats finished the 2020-21 season at 9-20. Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber offered Smith a scholarship out of high school and adds him to the K-State roster for Smith's final year of college eligibility.
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