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Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz out 4-6 weeks with broken foot

Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz will miss up to six weeks with a fractured left foot, the school announced Sunday evening.

The 6-foot-9 senior suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal near the end of practice on Friday evening prior to the team’s Maryland Madness event, an injury originally thought to be a sprained ankle. Smotrycz is expected to have surgery later this week.

Smotrycz, who has become one of Maryland’s most productive forwards since transferring in from Michigan two seasons ago, took part in Big Ten media days on Thursday and is expected to be a key front court piece this season. The former Michigan forward was durable for Maryland last season, starting in 28 games and averaging 11 points with six rebounds. He sat out the team’s final game of the ACC Tournament with back spasms. 

“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,” Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “We have confidence that our front court players will step up in Evan’s absence.”