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Maryland Basketball Adds Alabama Transfer Galin Smith

The Terps look to solidify their frontcourt.

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland took steps to add frontcourt depth earlier this week with the addition of 6-foot-9 Alabama transfer Galin Smith.

Smith will have one year of eligibility this coming season. At Alabama last season Smith averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13 minutes of play. He shot nearly 56 percent from the field.

While the numbers are not eye-popping, Smith brings an important physical presence Maryland desperately needed for its frontcourt next season. With the transfers of the Mitchell twins, Anthony Lindo Jr., and Jalen Smith off to the NBA draft, Maryland was left with just Donta Scott as the only returning frontcourt player that played meaningful minutes last season. Here’s head coach Mark Turgeon describing the importance of adding Smith next season.

“Galin is exactly what we were looking for in a veteran 5-man with great strength and size,” Turgeon said in a press release. “He is an experienced post player who will help us right away. He can score and defend effectively in the low post and has the ability to get out on the break. Most importantly, Galin fits our program’s culture in terms of work ethic and personality.”

Maryland is still active in the transfer market and has two scholarships remaining for next season.