Maryland has landed another skilled forward in Michigan's Evan Smotrycz who announced that he will join the Terrapins via his twitter.
I will be heading to the University of Maryland next year
— Evan Smotrycz™ (@_ev23) April 16, 2012
Smotrycz announced that he would be leaving Michigan a few weeks ago and that he intended to take a few visits before eventually settling on a school. Smotrycz also visited Providence and planned to visit Colorado.
"I had a great time on my visit and felt really comfortable with the coaches and the players," Smotrycz told CBSSports.com. "I didn't feel like I needed to go anywhere else."
Maryland has already signed four players for next season and because none are expected to be one-and-done players, this could end up being a huge signing for Mark Turgeon. Smotrycz started 18 of the Wolverines 34 games and was fourth on the team in scoring (7.7 points per game) and second on the team in rebounding (4.9 rebounds per game).
At 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, Smotrycz is the definition of a combo forward. He can go inside and score effectively on smaller players, but he also has the range to step outside and hit the outside shot. Smotrycz led the team in three-point shooting percentage, making 43.5 percent from deep.
Smotrycz will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Looking towards next season, Smotrycz will be instrumental in the growth of fellow newcomer (and fellow Massachusetts native) Jake Layman who has a very similar game to Smotrycz.
While we won't see him contribute on the court until 2014, having him at practice and around all the young Terps will do wonders going forward.
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