In recent years, the Maryland Terrapins basketball program has undergone a drastic makeover. A team impassioned with fire and hard work under former head coach Gary Williams has become a squad hoping to find its identity under Mark Turgeon. In the process, the roster has lost several of its top players due to transfers, and now will be without forward Evan Smotrycz. It was first announced that the senior would sit out for Friday’s Maryland Madness, but after a re-evaluation, it has been reported that he will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left foot.
After an off-season filled with transfers, the loss of Smotrycz is one the Terrapins can ill afford, and with only two other frontcourt returnees, Maryland already faces serious danger. Coach Turgeon released a statement saying, “We are really disappointed for Evan, but knowing his high character and tireless work ethic, we have full confidence he will return and finish strong in his senior season.” He finished, “We have confidence that our front court players will step up in Evan’s absence.”
Smotrycz was a lone consistency down low for the Terrapins and now Turgeon will likely turn to freshman Michal Cekovsky. The 7’1’’ big man must try his best to compensate for the loss of Smotrycz’s 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Despite missing most of the fall semester, Smotrycz should be fully healthy for the crucial games during Maryland’s first season in the Big Ten conference.
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