Maryland’s Jalen Smith to enter 2020 NBA Draft

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Maryland sophomore forward Jalen Smith has announced via Twitter that he is entering the 2020 NBA Draft.

Smith had two years of college eligibility left, but he’s expected to stay in the draft.

In his statement, Smith thanked his family, coaches and staff, teammates and Terrapin fans.

“The time is right for me to move forward to the next phase in my basketball career,” Smith said.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game and recorded 21 double-doubles.

Smith was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the Big Ten All-Defensive team this season.

In most mock drafts, he is projected to be a late first-round pick.