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MM 3.6: Jalen Smith named finalist for Karl Malone Award

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

Jalen Smith, Iowa, 2020 Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

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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Maryland wrestling released the latest edition of Clemsen’s Corner.