Sophomore Jalen Smith was named one of the five finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
It’s the second year in a row that a Maryland player has been named a finalist for one of the five positional awards, following Bruno Fernando — now on the Atlanta Hawks — who was a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
Smith will seek to be the first winner of this award in program history and the first to win any positional award for Maryland since Greivis Vasquez won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in 2010.
The forward has had a strong sophomore season as he ranks at or near the top of the Big Ten in many statistical categories. Smith is first in double-doubles (14) — which also ranks third nationally — and field goal percentage (56.4 percent), as well as second in rebounds per game (10.9) and blocks per game (2.3).
The four other finalists for the award are Yoeli Childs (BYU), Obi Toppin (Dayton), Killian Tillie (Gonzaga) and Reggie Perry (Mississippi State).
The winner will be announced on Friday, April 10, at the College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles.
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A few former Terp stars have helped lift Maryland women’s basketball to a historic season.
The Big Ten remains in a three-way tie for first place.
No. 19 Ohio State takes down No. 23 Illinois to stop the Big Ten from entering a four-way tie for first place.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) March 6, 2020
The Buckeyes will have another chance to impact the conference title race (and help the Terps) when they travel to No. 16 Michigan State Sunday.
Check out the latest episode of Maryland football’s #UNLOCKED.
That bond between @shawnemerriman and @CoachLocks ❤️— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) March 5, 2020
Watch the former Terp star talk about it on #UNLOCKED ➡️ https://t.co/LhHVtR6GTH pic.twitter.com/CPGiYwhZlC
D.C. Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton will speak at the Maryland football coach’s clinic.
A veteran of the NFL and College ranks@XFLDefenders head coach @CoachPepHam will speak at the Maryland Coaches Clinic! pic.twitter.com/9ukd4DIXrq— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) March 5, 2020
No. 6 Maryland women’s basketball will face off with Purdue today at noon ET in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament. We’ll have a preview coming shortly.
Purdue it is!— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) March 5, 2020
The top-seeded Terps will take on the ninth-seeded Boilermakers TOMORROW at noon in the #B1GTourney Quarterfinals on BTN!#UnitedPursuit pic.twitter.com/JkcUsDkgVB
Brenda Frese talked on Big Ten Network about why she welcomes the media.
See why @BrendaFrese welcomes the media and wants the world to see what it means to be a Terp! ❤️#UnitedPursuit pic.twitter.com/dGcXVLHgtU— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) March 5, 2020
Former Maryland men’s lacrosse player Thomas O’Connell has his senior day for St. John’s basketball this weekend.
Very proud of hardshell @ThomasOC_12, who will play his final regular season game with @StJohnsBBall this Saturday at MSG. #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/zuQblGLnc1— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) March 5, 2020
Check out some highlights from Maryland women’s lacrosse’s win over Navy.
"Win each second, each play, each minute."— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) March 5, 2020
Wednesday night dub in the books#FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/Hh9gUK2Uzf
Tavan Shahidi’s big home run versus Delaware Wednesday was the Terps’ ninth of the season, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
SEE YA— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) March 5, 2020
Tavan Shahidi’s first home run as a Terp was our ninth of the season, the second most in @B1Gbaseball #DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/IKZehXMBDH
Maryland wrestling released the latest edition of Clemsen’s Corner.
The Big Ten Wrestling Championships are right around the corner...— Maryland Wrestling (@TerpsWrestling) March 5, 2020
So @alextclemsen brings you the latest edition of Clemsen's Corner!#TurtlePower pic.twitter.com/tRR9jx357a