The award was the result of Smith scoring a career-high 20 points, to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked shots, in a 94-71 win over Loyola of Maryland last Tuesday.
The performance followed a career-low one-point outing in a foul-plagued 12-minute stint in a 55-41 win over Loyola of Chicago in the Charm City Classic at Royal Farms Arena.
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound freshman — known to most as “Stix” because of his skinny build — is one of three early-season candidates for Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Smith is averaging 11.7 points — third on the Terps behind junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. and sophomore center Bruno Fernando — and is also second behind Fernando in rebounds with 7.1 rebounds.
Langford, who like Smith was a McDonald’s All American, leads the No. 22-ranked Hoosiers in scoring with 17.7 points a game, to go along with 5.5 rebounds.
Perhaps one of the league’s biggest surprises, the Canadian Brazdeikas leads the No. 4 Wolverines with 15.8 points, along with 4.8 rebounds.