Earlier today, Smotrycz, a 6’9″ Sophomore Forward, decided that he would be transferring to the University of Maryland. Smotrycz averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 48.1% overall and 43.5% from behind the arc last season at Michigan. Smotrycz started 42 of the 69 games he played in during his first two seasons at Michigan. Per NCAA rules, Smotrycz will have to sit out next season before being eligible for the 2013-14 season.
Smotrycz is a stretch-4 and will provide a lot of versatility to the forward position under Coach Mark Turgeon. Until now, all of the forwards and centers have been under-the-rim type players, and adding Smotrycz will allow Maryland to play big or small and still have a consistent three-point threat on the floor.
The way I look at this, Maryland lost Forward Hawk Palsson before last season as he decided to turn pro and head to Europe. Smotrycz is a taller, better shooting version of Palsson. The 6’6″ Forward left to play in Spain for Basquet Manresa, and had a rough start to his pro career averaging 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds while shooting just 27.3% from 3. I would consider Smotrycz an upgrade over what Palsson or recently departed Mychal Parker would have brought to the table.
Parker decided to leave because of a crowded back court getting more crowded, and with the addition of Smotrycz for 2013 it looks like he made the right decision. Parker and Smotrycz are completely different players — Parker is an athletic swingman, but not a good shooter. However, add in 2012 top-75 commit Jake Layman and you can understand why Parker left.
The decision of Smotrycz to join Maryland has already begun to turn some heads. ESPN has an article up titled “Evan Smotrycz A Nice Pickup For Maryland” as well as a Yahoo! Sports article titled “Thoughts On Three Impact Transfers”.
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