Maryland football recruit Abner Logan was on Twitter this morning when he saw a familiar name, the one that looked like it had been pulled straight out of a word scramble.
He didn’t know anyone else with the name. It had to be the same player he’d faced for two years at basketball practices for New Hampshire’s New Hampton Prep. Turns out, he was right: Evan Smotrycz and Logan will be reunited in College Park this fall, even if they won’t be playing the same sport anymore.
“He’s the only Smotrycz I know,” Logan said, laughing.
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That’s better than most Terps fans, who until a few weeks ago didn’t know much about the former Michigan forward, much less his intentions to leave Ann Arbor for a new landing spot.
Logan, two age classifications below Smotrycz, played on New Hampton’s B team during his freshman and sophomore years while the future Wolverine logged time on the A team. Smotrycz averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists in his senior season and led New Hampton Prep to an 18-12 record and the quarterfinals of the New England Class "A" Tournament.
“I just always watched him play because it’s really big on basketball there,” said Logan, who transferred to the Dexter School in Brookline, Mass., for his final two years of high school.
Logan’s scouting report on Smotrycz doesn’t differ much from those you’ve probably read. He described the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder as a Dirk Nowitzki-esque player, a gifted outside shooter who can also drive to the hoop.
“But he didn’t really get that much playing time at Michigan,” Logan said.
The once and future teammates still run into each other occasionally at a nearby training facility, Logan said, where they’ll joke around and chat some. It won’t be too long before they’re reacquainted once again.
“He’s a really, really chill guy,” Logan said. “If I didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t even think he played basketball.”