Diamond Stone

Despite five-star status, Jalen Smith begins college career under the radar at Maryland

Despite five-star status, Jalen Smith begins college career under the radar at Maryland

The landscape of college basketball has changed dramatically since Joe Smith came to Maryland a quarter-century ago as a relatively unknown prospect and left after two seasons as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.

The perception of the Maryland program has also changed since Diamond Stone became a Terp three years ago after a celebrated high school career and left after one season, winding up a second-round draft pick and not making a dent in the NBA.

Somewhere in between the immediate out-of-nowhere stardom of Smith and the rapid fall to oblivion by Stone are the expectations accompanying the arrival of another big man who Maryland fans are hoping will change the...

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