COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 12, 2020) – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced the signing of veteran forward Galin Smith (6-9, 240), who appeared in 94 games over the last three seasons at Alabama.
A native of Clinton, Miss., Smith (first name pronounced Gay-lin) has one year of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible.
“I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity Coach Turgeon has given me to come and make an impact on a team as great as Maryland,” Smith said. “The plan he has laid out for me on and off the court is going to help both me and the team have success. Maryland fans can expect to see hunger, passion and effort from me every time I step foot on the court. I’ll bring a positive influence and will represent the campus and community well. I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere at Maryland I’ve heard so much about.”
Smith started 20 career games at forward for the Crimson Tide and was extremely efficient around the rim, scoring on 56.4% of his attempts. He was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
“We are excited to welcome Galin to College Park,” Turgeon said. “Galin is exactly what we were looking for in a veteran 5-man with great strength and size. 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.”
Smith helped lead Alabama to three winning seasons, including an NCAA Second Round appearance as a freshman in 2017-18. He reached double-figures on three occasions as a junior last season, all against SEC opponents: Mississippi State, LSU and Missouri.
Smith joins a program that returns a key nucleus in All-Big Ten honoree Darryl Morsell, Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Aaron Wiggins and veteran guard Eric Ayala.
Other newcomers in 2020-21 include Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton and incoming freshmen Marcus Dockery and Aquan Smart.