The Smith Era Joe Smith

June 25, 1995

Oct. 2, 1992

Orally commits to play at Maryland, but receives only three paragraphs on page 11 in The Sun about his decision. Makes his choice without taking any official on-campus visits.

April 8, 1993

Makes two of eight shots from the field, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, at the Capital Classic in his first game at Cole Field House.

Nov. 26, 1993

Scores 26 points, the most by a Maryland player in his first game, as the Terps upset Georgetown, 84-83.

Nov. 30, 1993

Has 21 of his 33 points in the second half, breaking the Maryland single-game freshman scoring mark, as the Terps top Rider, 93-79.

Jan. 4, 1994

Scores 28 points, the most ever by a Maryland freshman in an Atlantic Coast Conference game, to help the Terps down Georgia Tech, 91-88, for their first victory at the "Thrillerdome" in 13 years.

Feb. 14, 1994

Is honored as ACC Rookie of the Week for the fifth time in eight weeks, eclipsing the league record set by former Terrapins All-American Tom McMillen during the 1972-73 season.

March 7, 1994

Becomes the fourth freshman in ACC history to be named to its first team and the first Maryland player since Derrick Lewis in 1987.

March 15, 1994

Is named ACC Freshman of the Year as well as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American.

March 17, 1994

Finishes with 29 points, the most by a Maryland freshman in an NCAA tournament game, 15 rebounds and misses only six of his 25 field-goal and free-throw attempts in a 74-66 win over St. Louis in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.

March 25, 1994

Scores 12 points as Maryland is eliminated by Michigan, 78-71, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

June 6, 1994

Is approved for a $1 million insurance policy with Lloyd's of London to protect against a disabling injury.

Nov. 22, 1994

Scores 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals in a 90-78 win over Utah in a Maui Invitational semifinal.

Jan. 25, 1995

Makes all eight of his shots from the field in a 56-51 victory at Clemson.

Jan. 28, 1995

Blocks a last-second 10-foot baseline jumper by Erik Meek to preserve a 74-72 win over Duke.

Feb. 1, 1995

Dominates a 71-62 Terps victory over No. 15 Virginia with 29 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Feb. 7, 1995

Produces 14 points and 16 rebounds in an 86-73 win over top-ranked North Carolina.

Feb. 25, 1995

Cries in a postgame interview as fans wave signs of "Don't Go Joe" in his final game at Cole Field House. Scores 33 points in an 84-68 victory over Clemson.

March 1, 1995

Scores a career-high 40 points and tips in the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lead Maryland to a 94-92 victory at Duke as the Terrapins clinch a share of their first ACC regular-season championship since 1979-80 and win their first game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in seven years.

March 9, 1995

Has his name withdrawn from consideration for the John R. Wooden national Player of the Year award by university officials for academic reasons. Becomes only the third Terrapin and third sophomore in ACC history to be named Player of the Year.

March 14, 1995

Receives the ACC's Player of the Year award as well as being named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press.

March 18, 1995

Scores 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting, pulls down 21 rebounds and blocks seven shots in an 82-68 win over Texas for Maryland's second straight trip to the Sweet 16. Ties or sets Maryland tournament records in points, rebounds and blocks.

March 23, 1995

Bruises his hip 11 minutes into Maryland's 99-89 loss to Connecticut in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Has 22 points and 14 rebounds in his last collegiate game.

March 26, 1995

Wins the Ban-Naismith Award as national college Player of the Year, becoming the first Terrapin to receive an award of this kind.

March 31, 1995

Receives the Associated Press Player of the Year award, becoming the first sophomore to be named AP's Player of the Year since Virginia's Ralph Sampson in 1981.

April 14, 1995

Announces at his high school in Norfolk, Va., that he plans to forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

May 17, 1995

Signs with agent Len Elmore, officially ending his college career.

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