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March 21, 2012
Smotrycz, two others to transfer
Following a stunner of an exit from the NCAA Tournament, John Beilein's basketball team is making more huge headlines days later. Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz is among three Wolverines opting to transfer from Michigan.
The others are sophomore forward Colton Christian and freshman guard Carlton Brundidge. Michigan announced on Wednesday they'll all be transferring to other schools.
"We never like to see players leave the program, however, Evan, Colton and Carlton have made the decision to transfer and continue their careers elsewhere," Beielin said. "All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and their families nothing but success going forward."
Smotrycz played in 69 games in his two seasons as a Wolverine. He began this year as a starter, but moved into a backup role with the insertion of senior Stu Douglass into the starting lineup.
Smotrycz averaged 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds overall, and 7.7 points per game this season. He proved Michigan's best three-point shooter over the course of the season, connecting on 40 of 92 attempts for 43.5 percent. He shot over 50 percent on threes in the non-conference campaign before struggling with a shooting slump when the Big Ten schedule hit.
The sophomore scored 15 points in the NCAA Tournament loss to Ohio, going 6-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-2 from three-point range. He also hauled down seven rebounds.
After that loss, a clearly distraught Smotrycz noted: "I thought we had a good year, but I just feel bad for our seniors. I didn't want to let them go out like this. This is just something that is going to make us work harder, so we leave the program better than we found it, like Zack [Novak] and Stu [Douglass] did."
Christian subbed in during 45 games in his career, averaging 3.8 minutes per contest. Brundidge performed in 15 games for the Wolverines this year, averaging 2.9 minutes per game. He scored a career-high three points against Alabama A&M on Dec. 17, while Christian logged a career-best two points in several games.