Friday October 17th, 2014

Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz sprained his left ankle in practice Friday, a team spokesperson told CSN Baltimore.

The severity of Smotrycz's injury is currently unknown. He'll miss Maryland's Midnight Madness scrimmage Friday night and will be re-evaluated Saturday.

Smotrycz, a senior, averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game last season. He's the team's leading returning rebounder after forward Charles Mitchell transferred to Georgia Tech in the offseason.

A native of Reading, Mass., Smotrycz spent the first two seasons of his college career at Michigan before transferring. He sat out the 2012-13 season and made his Maryland debut last year.

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The Terrapins will be forced to re-tool this season after the departures of Mitchell and four other scholarship players. Shaquille CleareNick FaustRoddy Peters and Seth Allen all left the team as well, and 7-foot-1 recruit Trayvon wasn't allowed to enroll at the school after failing to meet athletic department standards.

Maryland is entering its first season in the Big 10, along with Rutgers. The team was picked to finished 10th in the conference out of 14 teams in a recent media poll.

The Terrapins went 17-15 last season, including 9-9 in the ACC, and haven't made the NCAA tournament since 2009-10. The team opens the 2014-15 season Nov. 14 against Wagner.

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Ben Estes

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