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According to Michael Rothstein at ESPN:
"I just felt really comfortable with the coaches and the guys on the team," Smotrycz said. "Maryland is such a big-time program that it would have been tough to beat. I didn't feel like I needed to go anywhere else."
Smotrycz leaves Michigan, where he averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Wolverines.
Smotrycz also said Maryland was a better fit, "Where I fit in was kind of a four man who can pick-and-pop and come off screens and make plays and obviously shoot it," Smotrycz said. "I like the way coach (Mark) Turgeon ran his offense. He showed me a lot of film of where he thought I'd fit in and I thought it was what I was looking for."
Part of what sold him, he said, was the chance to play in the ACC.
After the transfer year, Smotrycz will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.