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Jalen Smith will return for sophomore year at Maryland for a multitude of reasons — including his education

Jalen Smith will return for sophomore year at Maryland for a multitude of reasons — including his education

There were games Jalen Smith played as a freshman at Maryland — including the last two of the 2018-19 season — when he looked as if he could be a one-and-done, ready to make the leap to the NBA this year.

There were other stretches when the former McDonald’s All American from Mount Saint Joseph got pushed around inside, his longstanding nickname of “Stix” an accurate description of his skinny 6-foot-10, 215-pound frame.

Looking to become the kind of player he was during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament on a more consistent basis, and potentially help his NBA draft stock rise significantly, Smith announced Monday that he will return for his sophomore...

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