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.
#Terps are looking into FIU transfer Malik Smith, who averaged 14.1 ppg in 12-13, per source. Alabama, Arkansas are some others interested.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.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 7, 2013
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.