- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) - Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz is one of three players leaving the Wolverines to transfer.

The school announced the departures Wednesday. Smotrycz, fellow sophomore Colton Christian and freshman Carlton Brundidge are all transferring.

“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,” coach John Beilein said in a statement. “All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and their families nothing but success going forward.”

Smotrycz started 42 games over the last two seasons. He was terrific at times early this season, going 22 of 30 from the field during a four-game stretch in December. But his production slipped when Big Ten play began and he lost his starting job.

Smotrycz finished the season averaging 7.7 points per game. He scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in Michigan’s NCAA tournament game against Ohio, but the Wolverines were upset by the 13th-seeded Bobcats.

Christian, a forward, and Brundidge, a guard, played sparingly. They combined to score 13 points in 2011-12.

Michigan (24-10) tied for the Big Ten title but dropped its first NCAA tournament game. The Wolverines will also have to replace senior starters Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, but point guard Trey Burke was terrific as a freshman, and sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. has been a big part of the team’s offense in his two seasons at Michigan.

Although the 6-foot-9 Smotrycz was a mainstay in the rotation, Michigan is adding some size in next season’s recruiting class. The Wolverines have signed 6-10 Mitch McGary of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Michigan will also welcome a pair of 6-6 forwards _ Glenn Robinson III, son of the former Purdue star with the same name, and Nik Stauskas.

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