Evan Smotrycz sat out Maryland’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge loss to No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday night and is not expected to play on Saturday night against Winthrop, according to Dan Martin of CSNBaltimore.com.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon updated the status of his senior forward to a group of reporters on Friday, listing Smotrycz as “day-to-day”.
“I just told him to do the best he can every day and try to get healthy,” Turgeon said. “I think he’s getting better, but I don’t think he’s ready to really try it on the court. When we spoke this morning, that’s kind of where we were.”
“Get back as quick as you can,” Smotrycz said, recalling the conversation. “When you’re 100 percent healthy physically and mentally, just get back. If it’s tomorrow, just make it tomorrow. If it’s Sunday, make it Sunday. If it’s Monday, make it Monday. If it’s January 30th, let’s make it January 30th, but just get yourself healthy.”
The 6-foot-9 forward fractured a bone in his left foot during practice back in mid-October. He has appeared in only two games — against VMI and Monmouth — playing a total of 30 minutes, scoring four points. He missed Wednesday’s 76-65 loss to the Cavaliers after rolling his ankle in the win over VMI.
The Terrapins are also without Dez Wells, who is out with a wrist injury.
A shorthanded Maryland team follows Saturday’s home game against Winthrop with meetings with North Carolina Central (Dec. 10) and USC Upstate (Dec. 13) the following week, also at the Xfinity Center.
When it was first announced that Maryland senior forward Evan Smotrycz would sit out the program’s Maryland Madness event Friday evening as a result of an injury suffered in practice, the hope was that there would be good news when Smotrycz was re-evaluated the following day. Unfortunately for head coach Mark Turgeon, that wasn’t the case and the injury will sideline one of the members of his front court rotation for the next month or so.
Sunday afternoon it was reported that Smotrycz actually broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, an injury that according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore is expected to sideline the forward anywhere from four to six weeks. with Maryland’s lack of experience in the front court, with fellow senior Jon Graham and sophomore Damonte Dodd being the other returnees, losing Smotrycz hurts for a team that struggled with consistency in the paint last season.
“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,” Turgeon said in a statement according to CSN Baltimore. “We have confidence that our front court players will step up in Evan’s absence.”
Smotrycz averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season, and his injury likely speeds things up for freshman Michal Cekovsky. Cekovsky was already expected to compete for minutes, but with Maryland’s leading returning rebounder having to sit more will be asked of the 7-foot-1 newcomers. Unfortunately for Maryland, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter has to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.
As Maryland continues the process of preparing for their first season as a member of the Big Ten, one of the key players for Mark Turgeon is senior forward Evan Smotrycz. Smotrycz, who began his college career at Michigan, averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest in 2013-14 for a team that finished 17-15 and missed out on postseason play.
Unfortunately for Smotrycz and the Terrapins, his prepartions for the 2014-15 season hit a bump in the road Friday afternoon.
According to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore, Smotrycz suffered a sprained left ankle at the end of practice. As a result he’ll miss out on the team’s Midnight Madness scrimmage, with the basketball program stating via its Twitter account that Smotrycz will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Smotrycz is Maryland’s leading returning rebounder from last season, with Jake Layman (5.0 rpg) and Dez Wells (4.3 rpg) being next in line. Among the other front court players Maryland will look for contributions from this season are senior Jon Graham, sophomore Damonte Dodd and freshman Michael Cekovsky.