Evan Smotrycz isn’t the best player on the Michigan roster. He’s not replacing the best player on last year’s roster. He’s not even the best shooter or rebounder on the team. Despite all of that, Smotrycz just might be the most important piece of the puzzle for John Beilein’s squad.
Smotrycz had an up-and-down freshman campaign but when he played well, Michigan played well. The Wolverines were 7-2 when Smotrycz reached double figures and those two losses were to Duke by two points and Ohio State by four points. The Wolverines were capable of winning games without Smotrycz but when the combo forward was hitting shots he added that ever necessary peripheral scorer to supplement their more consistent primary options.
At 6-foot-9 with a deft shooting touch, Smotrycz has always been a perfect fit for Michigan’s perimeter oriented offense. He wasn’t an instant star but he started 24 games as a true freshman and appears to be the Wolverine most likely to break out this s...