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After Jalen Smith's uneven start to freshman year, stoic 'Stix' beginning to roll for Maryland

After Jalen Smith's uneven start to freshman year, stoic 'Stix' beginning to roll for Maryland

Jalen Smith isn’t quite sure exactly how old he was, or who his Amateur Athletic Union team from the Banneker Community Center was playing. All the Maryland freshman can recall, quite vividly, was what his father told him when he talked trash after blocking an opponent’s shot.

“When I was younger, I used to taunt [an opponent] every time I scored,” Smith said after practice Thursday. “He came to me and he said, ‘Why you taunting? Just play like you did it before, like it’s nothing new.’ That’s how I’ve always been [since].”

That’s where the stoicism the 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward has demonstrated throughout his first college season started. Given that his off-court...

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