Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Terps targeting new possible transfer candidate

Per Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, the latest name to appear on Maryland's potential list of transfers is Florida International's Malik Smith.

Smith is a rising senior who spent his first two years of eligibility at a pair of junior colleges before landing at FIU last season. He averaged 14.1 points and 2.7 rebounds on 36% shooting and started in 31 of 32 games for the Panthers.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Smith, like Memphis transfer and Terps target Antonio Barton, has one year of eligibility remaining. And because his former coach, Richard Pitino, left for the Minnesota job, Smith should be able to play right away.
Questions remain about what Smith's role would be on Maryland's roster. He would likely fill the role that fifth-year graduate transfer Logan Aronhalt was last year -- used situationally, and likely the team's fourth- or fifth-best scoring option.

As Prewitt notes in his tweet, Alabama and Arkansas are also potential destinations. But Smith grew up in Boston -- where Terp assistant Scott Spinelli attended college and spent several years, so there is a potential connection.

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