Maryland’s frontcourt will be taking a huge hit during the 2020-21 season.
Tuesday, forward Jalen Smith announced via Twitter that he has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, deciding to forgo his final two years in College Park. He had become one of the best post players in the B1G, averaging a double-double on the year while helping lead the Terrapins to a B1G regular season title.
“I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to consult with my family and coaches in reaching the decision that the time is right for me to move forward to the next phase in my basketball career and declare for the 2020 NBA Draft,” Smith wrote on Twitter.
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— Jalen Smith (@JalenSmith2000) April 7, 2020
While players can declare for the NBA Draft and then return to college if they withdraw before a certain period, Smith is expected to keep his name in the draft pool.
Last year, Smith averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He was a first-team All-B1G selection and third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He finished the year by recording double-doubles in 13 of his final 14 games.
Maryland ended the year with a 24-7 record and a 14-6 Mark in B1G play, sharing the regular season title with Michigan State and Wisconsin.