Smotrycz, 2 Others to Leave UM Basketball Program

Duke guard Nolan Smith (2) shoots as Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz, center, and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) defend in the second half of a West Regional NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C. Duke won 73-71. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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ANN ARBOR -- University of Michigan basketball coach John Beilein announced Wednesday three of his Wolverines will be leaving the program.

The headliner is Evan Smotrycz, the sophomore forward who played a key part in the Wolverines' Big Ten regular-season championship.

He, along with sophomore forward Colton Christian and freshman guard Carlton Brundidge, will transfer to other schools, though it's unclear which.

Smotrycz, who played in all 69 games during his two seasons in Ann Arbor, averaged seven points and four rebounds over that stretch.

"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," said Beilein. "All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and their families nothing but success going forward."

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