"I think when we go back to finding an appropriate style for him in college, this is the best fit and there couldn't be a better fit for him," Peter Hutchins, head coach at New Hampton told Scout.com.
"He unofficially visited a handful of schools that were interested in him last summer and into the fall. He had no doubts that after those visits, Michigan was the place that he wanted to be at."
Smotrycz, a young junior who stands 6-foot-9, hails from Reading, Mass. He missed a portion of this season with an illness and Michigan scouted him during the year. Recently, John Beilein followed up with a visit – and eventual offer – that sealed the deal.
"Evan took a little over a week to digest it and ultimately was very confident that this was where he wanted to be. I believe strongly there would be a lot of other suitors but he felt this was always going to be the best fit."
Smotrycz plays facing the basket, has range and is young for his age. Each trait is valued by the Wolverines program and we anticipate him assimilating well into the style and structure of Michigan basketball.