Can't wait to smash him next year
Evan Smotrycz Sighting
Sorry I want to beat an in-conference opponent and a player on that team
Beat the team fine. Wanting to "smash" a former player is different.
I'm all for being socially "correct" but this is a bit overboard. You're crazy if you don't want to beat a transfer more than somebody else
I can see that in some cases, but I get the sense that his departure was pretty amicable. It wasn't like a Justin Boren situation.
I don't know about you, but I got pretty sick of setting him sulk around like coach Beilein owed him the world. That kind of attitude does nothing to help the team. We obviously don't know what he was like behind closed doors but his on-court demeanor was pretty pathetic. It would be fun seeing him and Maryland get beat. That said, hopefully he feels that he made a good decision to transfer and had a great time watching his former teammates make a run to the national championship.
AMEN. finally a winner here. So many bleeding hearts for the guy here. He wussed out.
Not really. I really can't hold a grduge against a kid who didn't want to play at UM and left. He's not a Boren who crapped on the program on the way out. And for anyone complaining he was sulking around or not being a "team player" or whatever crap people try to pinpoint on a guy, I certainly don't remember him being a drag on the program.
But I'm a bit older and, I don't know, just can't get that emotionally involved in sports like I used to.
Best of luck to Smot.
Don't be an angry person. He did what was right for him. I don't recall him ever badmouthing our program.
He didnt bad mouth the program but i do recall he said he couldnt handle the fans heckling him except i dont recall that ever happening and i attended every home game that year
As I recall a lot of it was via Twitter. More proof that nothing good comes of Twitter.
Also, it's important to realize had he stayed at UofM, we might not have had room for Zak Irvin or one of the freshmen. So which it's nostalgic to think about "what if", you have to balance the roster and I wouldn't trade anyone on our roster to get any former Beilein player back. Period. Those who stay...
I think he was receiving a lot of flack after the NCAA tournament from "fans" which is really too bad. I hope the maize rage salutes him when he returns
Good to see him succeed even if it is with another team. With that said whatever happened to Brundige?? Thought he trasnfered to UofD anyone know how hes been doin
I saw Brundige when UofD played @Oakland a few weeks back. He didn't do much.
It's bat shit crazy to think that this team could have had Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitch McGary, and Evan Smotrycz on it, along with Nik, GR3, LeVert, Walton, Irving, Morgan, Horford, etc... Man, did Smotrycz make the wrong choice transfering from Michigan to Maryland. He would have fit in perfectly with Beilein's offense.
Yeah, but if he'd stayed, he may have never become a starter. Not sure he could have beaten out GRIII. In any event he seems to be doing well at Maryland, averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Without his transfer we don't have room to take LeVert. Also, "would have fit perfectly"? He did play two seasons for Beilein. In all likelihood, his role and minutes would have diminshed last season.
I guess it comes down to whether he wanted to be part of the core of a bad team, or a solid contributor on a championship caliber team. Either way, I think Beilein would like to have a 6'9" (or whatever) 4 that can knock down shots on the pick & pop.
Wouldn't it have been spike that we would not have had room for?
We desperately needed a PG and picked up Spike first.
Has his defense improved? I haven't seen enough of him since he went to Maryland to know. He was a good shooter while he was here, but was a defensive liability - always looked like he was on roller skates in the paint.
Maybe he's improved. I wish him success, but if there were issues with coaching or team chemistry then we aren't necessarily worse of for him having left.
I'm watching and the announcer said specifically that they (his coaches) would like to see better body language. I might be taking a leap, but that suggests to me that his defense still suffers. Also it's a sign that he 1) hasn't improved in that regard, because that was one of my complaints when he was here and 2) It had less to do with him being upset at UofM and having a rift with the coaches, and is more just his nature. No disrespect to Evan. Some people definitely just have a more pessimisstic body language or approach to the game/life.
There's guys like THJ who are labile (hot & cold; but show emotion), guys like Glenn who are steady (never get too up or down), and guys who always have a little bit of a sad look (Smotczyz, and remember Paul Davis?)
Not after seeing the end of regulation in bounds play.
I'm with you. Nothing against the guy, but he looks like he still just doesn't get after it at all.
Our guys generally get after it really hard - and I don't think we would want anything that would change that chemistry.
He would have been a senior this year. It is difficult to say what his role would have been with the squad we had last year. Would he have started over GRIII? Could he have had a role as a scorer off the bench with his 3 point shooting? I felt like during his time here he was forced to play the 5 more often than the 4, and I think he didn't do well in that role.
He had to play a lot of 5 because that was the year Horford broke his foot in the non-conference and had to redshirt. Playing the 5 seemed to take a lot out of him. He started that year strongly but really tailed off in conference play when he was now having to defend guys much bigger than him.
He has got to be regretting his decision right... Maryland's like .500
He did what was best for him but I wonder what he thinks about UM's success over the last two seasons.
You would think so. After michigan going to the NC game last year and having a good season this year, I'm sure there has to be some regret about it.
Maryland is going to be interesting next year in the Big 10. They don't have a wow record but lost to Syracuse and Duke each by 2 pts this year, and return a rare thing in college next year - top 5 scorers will all be upperclassmen. I believe its 3 SRs and 2 JRs or vice versa from memory. That is the type of team you always hear about making it into the NCAA as a 6th type seed and going on a nice run due to veteran leadership.
Right now it looks like Wisconsin and UM probably will be battling it out for the top position next year (this assumes we dont lose Nik AND GR3 AND McGary), and then OSU brings in a pretty sick recruiting class and Maryland should be right behind.
Like nebraska in their first year, IMO, RU and MD are to get smacked around next year.
No way Maryland has a top 10 class coming in not to mention a good chuck of talent returning. They will finish in the top 5 of the BT guarenteed. Now rutgers theyll probably finish last
Theres limited playing time in bball and too many good players. Like i said before had Burke and Hardaway not left to the NBA LeVert, Walton, Stauskas would have had limited roles. I think players have to move on sometimes especially if they dont get enough playing time. Michigan has gone with an 8 man rotation for most of the season and it hasnt been an issue. We went 15-3 in the BT! Considering how this team has played cant see anyway adding more players into the rotation would improve the team that much.
I ran across a Washington Post article on Evan Smotrycz just this past week. Here's a link, if you're interested in reading it:
Summary: He had been sulking lately (which isn't completely surprising given what I remember of his on-court demeanor), but he seems to have turned a corner in the past couple of games.
I wish him the best, but I don't think his leaving had a negative impact on our team.
Saw a game earlier and he fouled out with something like 10 minutes to go in the second half. Somehow the opponent (think it was cuse) had only shot 2 freethrows.
The kid was a great shooter, especially 3's. Don't see him doing much. He certainly wasn't a great rebounder or passer or defender while he was here. Why have him out there ignoring his greatest stregth?
Going over to StatSheet, Smotrycz is 112-285 (39.3%) for FGs and 52-145 (35.9%) for 3FGs, which overall makes for a personal eFG% of 48.42% for Evan. Similar numbers to 2010-11 but a little dip from 2011-12 on that dynamic. Actually, his offensive rating is 106.3, and he is responsible for about 25% of Maryland's production from beyond the arc.
Had 13 in the first half, I don't think he's taken a shot in the 2nd half. I haven't seen a rebound, either.
Just now he got fouled on a drive, and missed both FTs
Smot was soft. He said Beilein was too hard on him
Still is soft
Youre an idiot. He was soft.
I know this is against the best team in the ACC, but hopefully Maryland can consistently have this type of home crowd for Big Ten games next year.
UVA doesn't pull a GR3.
No worries, bro!
Smotrycz's guy, right?
I want Maryland to win, but that was a cool finish to regulation.
This is why you should almost never do the whole foul-while-up-3 bit. Maryland gave Virginia the time they needed to make that last play. Here's hoping the Terps can keep it going through the rest of OT.
He is getting beaten regularly on defense
I hate people who complain about a player transferring. God forbid a kid changes his mind and goes somewhere else to be happy.
I think those people are definitely the minority. Frankly, I don't think he would have played much the last 2 years, as Griii or if we played big Mitch would have beat him out for the 4 and the group of Mitch Morgan and horford would have beat him out for the 5. I have no hard feelings if he saw the writing on the wall and wanted a different role elsewhere.
I think we are more celebrating his transfer. We became awesome right after he left.
Turned on just in time for OT with a reason to root for Smot's new team.
But what the heck are their school colors? Looks like it should be red and white, but they've got inserts that look like blue* & maize to my tired eyes. Is that a thank-you for donating a player?
But seriously, who has their uni contract? Please keep them from Michigan.
They are the Under Armour school. The UA founder is an alum.
Not sure if you're serious, but Maryland school colors are from their state flag. Their state really loved that flag and they put it on everything. Red, black, white, and yellow. And they use all four colors. The black and yellow checker and red and white pattern are on their flag.
It never occurred to me to think of the Maryland flag. Thanks for answering just in case I didn't know.
Fwiw our team coincidentally took off after he transferred. I thought he was a baby for leaving.
Amazes me the pity people have for him. He couldnt handle Beilein, who is a great coach.
He is still playing???! My god he is awful. Maryland basketball must have really crashed and burned