Sunday, April 22, 2012

Former Wolverine Headed To College Park

(John T. Greilick/Detroit News)
Evan Smotrycz, a 6-foot-9 forward from Reading, Mass., is transferring to decided to Maryland (17-15, 6-10 ACC).  He chose the Tersp over his other two finalists, Colorado and Providence, after an official visit to the Park last weekend. 

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.

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