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MM 10.21: Jalen Smith continues to rise in rankings ahead of the NBA draft

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland fans may not be the only ones who think Jalen Smith can turn into a star in the NBA.

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report’s Rob Goldberg listed “Stix” as a first-round prospect who could exceed his expectations heading into November’s NBA Draft. Smith was joined on the list by some pretty elite company, including UNC standout Cole Anthony, Duke All-American Vernon Carey Jr., and former top-5 recruit RJ Hampton.

Smith proved a lot throughout his sophomore campaign at Maryland, picking up First Team All-Big Ten and Third Team All-American honors. Not only did he average a double-double with 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, he had 21 games with one, good enough for third in the nation.

Smith complements his sharp three-point shooting with elite rim-protecting on the defensive end. His skillset at 6’10” offers a lot to NBA franchises, and Rob Goldberg thinks so too.

“It adds up to a perfect role player who can contribute right away for a contender,” says Goldberg. “If Smith continues to round out his game offensively, he could develop into a star.”

It will be interesting to see where the former Terps star ends up. Outlets across the nation are projecting him to end in a wide range of spots.

Latest Projections for Jalen Smith

Site Overall Pick Team Date Released
Site Overall Pick Team Date Released
Bleacher Report 13 Pelicans Oct. 20
The Ringer 13 Pelicans Oct. 14
NBADraft.Net 14 Boston Oct.19
CBS Sports 16 Trail Blazers Oct. 16
Sporting News 17 Timberwolves Oct. 20
The Athletic 17 Timberwolves Oct. 13

In Other News

The 2020 World Series, which features former Maryland baseball players for the first time since 1969, began on Wednesday night.

Maryland men’s basketball looked back on the career of Terp legend Walt “The Wizard” Williams.

Maryland women’s basketball celebrated the return of redshirt junior Channise Lewis after she missed the entirety of the 2019-20 season with a knee injury.

Vernon Davis represented the Maryland football program well with his performance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Maryland women’s lacrosse introduced freshman defender Maddy Sesay.

Maryland men’s soccer alum Donovan Pines has been scoring lately, but has been on top of his game defensively as well.