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Maryland's Serrel Smith Jr. has basketball role models in his mom and older sister

Maryland's Serrel Smith Jr. has basketball role models in his mom and older sister

Maryland freshman guard Serrel Smith Jr. talks or texts with his mother and older sister before and after almost every game. Their conversations differ, but Smith listens to what they have to say.

“I get on him about his energy and effort all the time,” Tamika Coley, Smith’s mother, said Monday. “And she talks more about his shot selection.”

Smith respects their opinions, and for good reason.

Before becoming a respected high school, Amateur Athletic Union and now junior college coach in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla., Coley was the best player in the history of the women’s program at Central Florida.

More than two decades after leading the Knights to their...

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