Smeathers, Butler Part Ways

After two frustrating seasons of injuries junior forward Andrew Smeathers has decided to leave Butler.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Junior forward Andrew Smeathers has decided to transfer from Butler following the fall semester, the school announced on Monday.

There was a lot of promise for Andrew Smeathers when he arrived at Butler. He was a sharpshooting 6-foot 6 forward from Center Grove (IN) High School that could have fit right into his own niche at Butler, a Pete Campbell-esque 3-point specialist, but injuries derailed his progress and on Monday the junior forward decided it was time to take another road in his basketball journey.

"This is definitely one of the hardest decisions of my life," said Smeathers in a statement. "I've loved Butler ever since I arrived here, everything from the basketball, my coaches, my teammates to the school and the individuals I've met. I leave here on good terms with my coaches and teammates. I've made life-long friends, so it's hard to say good-bye, but in the end, it came down to a basketball decision. I've got two years of basketball left and I want to see the court as much as possible. As a basketball player, that's what you want to do."

Head coach Brandon Miller was appreciative of everything Smeathers had done at Butler.

"We appreciate everything Andrew has done for the Butler Basketball program over the past two- plus years," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller. "We wish him all of the best as he moves forward."

Smeathers played in 43 games at Butler logging just 171 minutes. He scored 63 points (averaging 1.5ppg) throughout his career, including a career-high 17 point against Oakland City during his freshman season. He finished 16/61 (26.2%) from 3-point range.

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