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Maryland signee Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) withdraws from Capital Classic with injury

Maryland signee Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) withdraws from Capital Classic with injury
Player of the Year photo of Mount Saint Joseph basketball player Jalen Smith. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland commit Jalen Smith has withdrawn from Friday night's Capital Classic at Catholic University in Washington because of an injury, Mount Saint Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said Thursday.

Clatchey wrote in a text to The Baltimore Sun that his former star experienced tightness in his groin after a private workout Wednesday and will be "unable to play" in the game.

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Clatchey said the injury was "not serious" and that Smith, the All-Metro Player of the Year, would attend the game. Smith is the No. 14 prospect in the country according to 247sports.com.

Smith was supposed to play with two other players headed to College Park, 6-foot-6 wing Aaron Wiggins of High Point, N.C., and recently signed 6-3 combo guard Serrel Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Wiggins and Serrel Smith, who along with Jalen Smith and point guard Eric Ayala make up the Big Ten's top recruiting class, will be coached in the game by former Terps guard Keith Gatlin, Wiggins' high school coach.

It marks the second straight year that the Capital Classic is losing one of its top Maryland-bound attractions. Bruno Fernando sat out last year's game at what was then Verizon Center after hurting his knee in practice.

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