The Maryland men’s basketball team will feature a lot of freshmen in their first Big Ten season. For the first part of the season, the Terrapins will have to compete without one of their more experienced players.
Head coach Mark Turgeon announced that senior forward Evan Smotrycz sustained a fracture of the pinkie toe on his left foot at the end of practice on Oct. 17, just before “Maryland Madness,” the team’s season-opening celebration. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture about a week later, and is expected to sideline Smotrycz for four to six weeks. That timetable means he should return some time between mid-November and early December.
Turgeon said while the team is disappointed for Smotrycz, everyone’s confident that he’ll be able to come back and have a solid season, thanks to his strong work ethic.He also expressed confidence that his team’s other front-line players will be able to fill the void left behind by Smotrycz’s injury.
“We have confidence that our front-court players will step up in Evan’s absence,” Turgeon said in a release from the Maryland Athletic Department.
Smotrycz, who’s originally from Reading, Mass., transferred from Michigan to Maryland in 2012. In his redshirt junior season last year for the Terps, he averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game in 31 games, including 28 starts. Smotrycz scored was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after scoring 19 points against Northern Iowa and putting up 13 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College during the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He scored in double figures in 19 games during the season, and his three double-doubles led Maryland.