|No. 25 – Indiana Pacers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||March 16, 2000|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Mount Saint Joseph|
|NBA draft||2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|2021||→Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jalen Rasheed Smith (born March 16, 2000) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "Stix", he played college basketball for the Maryland Terrapins.
Early life and high school career
Smith was born in Portsmouth, Virginia to Charles and Orletha Smith. He has a sister named Kiara Smith. Smith attended Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland where he averaged 22.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game as a senior and won several awards, among them, the Gatorade Maryland Boys Basketball Player of the Year twice. He was named to the 2018 McDonald's All-American team.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Baltimore, MD||Mount Saint Joseph (MD)||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||Jun 26, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 93|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 24 247Sports: 15 ESPN: 10|
On November 8, 2017, Smith signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Maryland after verbally committing in June. He selected Maryland over programs such as Villanova and Virginia. As a freshman, he averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 79–77 win over Belmont in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament. In the next game, a 69–67 loss to LSU, Smith finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
On December 4, 2019, Smith finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 72–51 win against Notre Dame. On January 21, 2020, Smith scored a career-high 25 points and had 11 rebounds in a come-from-behind 77–66 win over Northwestern. At the close of the regular season, Smith was named to the First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media and the Defensive Team by the coaches. He was named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press and Sporting News. He averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game as a sophomore. After the season, Smith declared for the 2020 NBA draft.
Phoenix Suns (2020–2022)
Smith was selected by the Phoenix Suns as the 10th pick of the first round of the 2020 NBA draft. On November 24, 2020, the Phoenix Suns announced that they had signed Smith. On February 15, 2021, due to the team's success and after appearing in only eight games, the Suns assigned Smith to the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. On February 26, 2021, the Suns recalled Smith. Smith ended his rookie season by making the NBA Finals, but the Suns were defeated in 6 games by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Indiana Pacers (2022)
On February 10, 2022, Smith was traded to the Indiana Pacers along with a future second-round draft pick in exchange for Torrey Craig. Smith re-signed with the Pacers on a two-year deal worth $9.6 million dollars on July 1, 2022.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Jalen Smith's double-double helps Maryland rout Notre Dame". ESPN. Associated Press. December 4, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
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- Oyefusi, Daniel (March 20, 2020). "Maryland's Jalen Smith named to AP's All-America men's basketball team". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
- Phillips, Scott (April 7, 2020). "Maryland's Jalen Smith declares for NBA draft". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- Oyefusi, Daniel (November 18, 2020). "Maryland's Jalen Smith selected No. 10 overall by Phoenix Suns in NBA draft". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
- "Suns sign Jalen Smith & Ty-Shon Alexander". NBA.com. November 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
- "Phoenix Suns assign rookie Jalen Smith to NBA G League". arizonasports.com. February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- "Jalen Smith recalled from G League by Phoenix Suns". Arizona Sports. February 26, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
- "Pacers Acquire Jalen Smith and 2022 Second-Round Pick from Suns". NBA.com. February 10, 2022.
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