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2017-18 All-Metro boys basketball Player of the Year: Jalen Smith, Mount Saint Joseph

In closing out a stellar four-year career, last year's All-Metro co-Player of the Year did what he's done in each of his four seasons for the Gaels — he got better.

The 6-foot-10 forward, a five-star Maryland signee, averaged 23 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocks per game in leading No. 4 Mount Saint Joseph to a 31-8 mark. He finished with 2,122 points and, most important to him, the Gaels won 120 games and claimed four league regular-season and tournament titles in his time there.

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"Every year, his role expanded and every year, he responded," Mount Saint Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said. "He is a player who can impact the game at both ends on almost every play. He's not just athletic, but versatile. He improved as a shooting threat where he could hit the 3, put it on the floor, run the floor and also pass. He protects the rim and rebounds. He's a great all-around player who helps his team win in a variety of ways."

Individual accolades piled up for Smith. For a second straight year, he was named the Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year and Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. This season, he was also named a McDonald's All American and is the only Baltimore-area player selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, set for April 8 at Barclays Center in New York.

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