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Former Maryland forward, top NBA pick Joe Smith returns to College Park for Georgetown game

The Maryland alum spoke to media before the Terps' game against Georgetown Tuesday night.

Alex Kirshner

Former No. 1 pick Joe Smith returned to College Park Tuesday night, and although his hiatus wasn't as long as Georgetown's, he was still a little unfamiliar with his surroundings.

"It's been a while, it's a great feeling to be back on campus," said Smith." I got lost walking around earlier today when we first got here. I'm like what is all this new stuff, but it's great to see the campus growing."

With memories coming back as he cruised around campus, Smith recalled his experience as a freshman when Maryland knocked off then No. 15 ranked Georgetown in 1993, with a Duane Simpkins layup in the final three seconds of overtime for an 84-83 stunner, a major win for Gary Williams's team.

"Seeing the reaction of Coach Williams running across the court with his fist pumping and to see the reaction of all the D.C. players on our team, you couldn't help but realize how big [the game] was not just for our team, but for the future of the program," said Smith.

The 6'10 center finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, despite being defended by All-American big Othella Harrington.

On the agenda Tuesday night, Smith said he'd do what he couldn't do 20 years ago.

"I'm gonna be up cheering, clapping," he said. "I'm a student tonight. I never got that opportunity."