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The Growth of MSJ Forward Jalen Smith

Courtesy MSJ Athletics

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- Mount Saint Joseph senior Jalen Smith knows a thing of two about growth. For starters, he's 6'10" and 205 pounds. Then there's the growth Smith has developed throughout his high school career at MSJ.

"As a sophomore whether it was directly or indirectly I think he deferred a little bit," Mount Saint Joseph head coach Pat Clatchey said. "But now he's definitely on our Mount Rushmore. He's the first guy in Maryland to win Gatorade Player of the Year and the first guy from our program to be named a McDonald's All-American. He's really set himself up well here."

Clatchey added, "He's not just tall. He's a basketball player. He can handle the ball well. He's one of our best three point shooters."

Jalen Smith found out as a 16-year-old sophomore his future could be bright. "Probably that summer before my sophomore season," Smith said. "People just kept coming up to me and I got my first offer, and they just said it could really happen for me."

Smith's first offer did arrive during his sophomore season from Mark Turgeon and the University of Maryland. A year later as a junior he committed to play for the Terps. "For me it was the best decision for my education, basketball career and my family. They can watch me play and stuff and don't have to worry about travel," Smith said.

This season the Gaels are 23-3. Mount Saint Joseph could potentially play 40 games this season. Right now Smith leads the Gaels in scoring with 24 points per game and 13 rebounds. He's on pace for a one-thousand point season.

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