Smith averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game this season, which was cut short by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Smith helped lead the Terps to their first conference title since 2010. Maryland shared the regular season crown with Wisconsin and Michigan. The Terps were projected to earn a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament before the NCAA canceled winter and spring events.
In Maryland’s finale against Michigan, Smith finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 21st double-double of the season. The 6-foot-10 Baltimore native scored 20 or more points four times, including a career-high 29 points at Indiana.
Smith developed into a more physical player after his freshman season and matched up against some of the best big men in the country. He finished the season second in the conference in rebounds per game and blocked shots per game. This month, Smith earned first-team all-Big Ten honors and was named to the conference’s all-defensive team.
Smith did not choose to test the NBA draft waters after his freshman season, but he is pegged as a first-round pick in 2020. Coach Mark Turgeon said on a conference call this week that he had not begun discussing Smith’s future with him or his family.
AP all-American teams
First team: Obi Toppin (Dayton), Luka Garza (Iowa), Markus Howard (Marquette), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Payton Pritchard (Oregon)
Second team: Devon Dotson (Kansas), Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Cassius Winston (Michigan State), Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke)
Third team: Filip Petrusev (Gonzaga), Jordan Nwora (Louisville), Jared Butler (Baylor), Tre Jones (Duke), Jalen Smith (Maryland)