All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree Jalen Smith will return for his sophomore season in 2019-20, Maryland men’s basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon announced yesterday.
Smith is fresh off a spectacular NCAA Tournament performance in which he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds in the first two rounds. He posted 19 points (8 of 9 shooting) and 12 rebounds in the opening round win against Belmont, before notching 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocks vs. LSU in the Round of 32.
“Jalen did so many great things for our program this season, and his potential was on full display in the NCAA Tournament,” Turgeon said. “He has the opportunity to take his game to another level as he works with our strength and coaching staff this offseason.”
Smith pieced together a fantastic rookie season for the Terps in 2018–19, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week on three occasions and recording the third-most double-doubles (5) for a freshman in program history.
“I’m excited to return to Maryland for my sophomore year and advance my education as I continue to develop both on and off the court with my teammates and coaching staff,” Smith said. “This past season was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our team. I’m appreciative of Coach Turgeon, the staff, my teammates and Terp Nation for all of their support.”
The Baltimore native started 33 games as a freshman, averaging 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. Smith’s 225 total rebounds was the fifth-most in program freshman history. He was particularly formidable on the offensive glass, with 40% of his rebounds coming on the offensive end.
Smith was part of a sensational freshman class that accounted for 51 percent of the team’s minutes and 47% of its points in 2018–19.
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