Maryland senior Evan Smotrycz is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot in practice Friday, the Terps said Sunday.
The fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone is considered less serious of a break in the same foot suffered last season by former Terps point guard Seth Allen, who missed two months and said after he transferred last spring that he came back too soon in order to help a struggling team. Smotrycz will have surgery later this week.
The timeline for Smotrycz's recovery means that the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward -- who is considered one of Maryland's top 3-point shooters -- could be back shortly after the Nov. 14 season opener. The Terps shouldn't face a serious test until facing Arizona State in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 24.
Smotrycz averaged 11 points and six rebounds last season after transferring from Michigan.
In his place, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has a few options, the most likely moving junior forward Jake Layman from small forward to a "stretch 4" -- meaning a power forward who can shoot 3-pointers. It also would open a starting spot, possibly for senior guard Richaud Pack, a transfer from North Carolina A&T.
It marks the third time in Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's four years that the Terps will begin the season without a projected starter.
In a statement Sunday, Turgeon said: "We are 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. We have confidence that our frontcourt players will step up in Evan's absence."