Found March 21, 2012 on
Fox Sports Detroit:
Five days after getting knocked out in its NCAA Tournament opener, Michigan's basketball program suffered another setback with the announcement that sophomore Evan Smotrycz is among three players who have decided to transfer.
Coach John Beilein announced Wednesday that Smotrycz, sophomore Colton Christian and freshman Carlton Brundidge are all leaving the program.
"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," Beilein said in a statement. "All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and theirfamilies nothing but success going forward."
Smotrycz, a 6-foot-9 forward from Reading, Mass., averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season. He started the first 18 games before moving into a sixth-man role. His three-pointer to tie the score late in regulation was a crucial play in the Wolverines'overtime victory over Minnesota in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game.
Christian, a 6-6 forward from Bellevue, Wash., played in 19 games last season, averaging 2.7 minutes. Brundidge, a 6-1 guard from Southfield, Mich. played in 15 games as a freshman, averaging 2.9 minutes.
The Wolverines are also losing three seniors in guards Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and Corey Person.
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