"I hope I can help them out as much as possible," Smith said. "I think I'll be used at the two-spot, being able to slash and get to the basket, and spot up for 3s."
Smith averaged 14.5 points and 3.3 assists for the Wooden Shoes, who advanced to their third-straight super-sectional this winter with a thrilling, double-overtime win over Breese Central in the round of 16.
When it came time to choose a school, Lincoln Land's early interest and persistent recruiting paid dividends.
"Lincoln Land was one of the first schools to look at me," Smith said. "Coach Kramer was really nice, I like coach Jones and everybody up there. Coach Kramer texted me almost every day, he's a great guy and I thought I'd fit in best there."
The third signee was Stombaugh, who earned an EDN All- Area first-team nod in 2013 after averaging eight points and four rebounds, also helping Effingham secure its first outright Apollo Conference title since 2004.
"I felt at home there," he said. "A lot of our players in the area have went there. It wasn't too far from home."
It is a little further, at least from what Jake is used to, from twin brother Josh, but the power forward said the two are ready to make the change.
"We kind of decided to split apart," he said, "Go our separate ways. I knew he wanted to go to Parkland."
Jake is more of a new-school four, able to finish in the post as well as possessing a lethal midrange jumper. His inside-out talents helped propel the Hearts to a berth in the Centralia Regional title.
"Jake's got a little bit of size," Kramer said. "We know we're getting good quality kids."