2010's Smotrycz Has A Following

New Hampton will send five players onto Division I schools this year. The next one up? Evan Smotrycz, a 6-foot-9 junior who is coming into his own.

New Hampton Prep has kicked out some pretty fair talents in recent years. Back in the day, Rashad McCants and Wes Miller were bucket makers at the school. Darius Songaila began his career at the school.

Evan Smotrycz sure would like to join that list.

The 6-foot-9 junior is in his first season playing at New Hampton under coach Pete Hutchins.

"He came to us from Reading High with a lot of interest as a skilled big kid," Hutchins said. "He started every game for us. He's had pneumonia and mono since he's gotten here which is kind of crazy." Smotrycz is good for 14 points and eight rebounds a game.

"He's exceptionally skilled as a passer with his ball handling and as a shooter. He's can shoot it from deep. Good student, great kid, a little above a 3.0. Right now it's a matter of developing the intangibles – strength, competing consistently. If he gets that he's a no-brainer high-major player."

The Beavers on the left coast, are in the mix. "Oregon State's done a great job and they're the one school that offered at the highest level."

Others of note include Michigan, Providence (offer), Rice (offer), Central Florida (offer), Virginia, Vanderbilt and Washington State.

Smotrycz will runs with Mass Rivals this spring and summer. Hutchins thinks his big key is developing physically which in theory, should improve his confidence.

"I think he's going to have a big summer. I strongly believe that after playing in this league for a year, this summer he's going to be a completely different guy in this setting."

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