The Butler basketball program lost a few key pieces over the offseason in former head coach Brad Stevens and seniors Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith.
On Monday, though not as big of a loss as far as numbers go, junior guard Andrew Smeathers announced that he will be leaving the team and plans to transfer.
While not a star of the team, Smeathers has been a decent bench player for the Bulldogs with his hot hand from behind the three-point line.
Smeathers totaled 63 points over the last two seasons, including 16 three-pointers that Bulldogs fans exploded over.
If nothing else, Smeathers always seemed to be a spark on the bench, a good motivator, a good teammate, and definitely a fan favorite.
Smeathers saw a little time off the bench in Butler’s two exhibition games last week, scoring five points against Nova Southeastern and three against DePauw.
Smeathers, an Indiana native, has had a lingering hip injury that he had surgery on after his freshman season. He had torn labrums and torn cartilage. Smeathers said he hopes to get a medical redshirt when he transfers.
In a statement released on butlersports.com Smeathers said it was a tough decision but did it in his best basketball interest.
“I’ve made life-long friends, so it’s hard to say good-bye,” Smeathers said. “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.”
“This is definitely one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Smeathers said. “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.”
Perhaps Smeahters’ most memorable game was against Oakland City his freshman year when he erupted off the bench for 17 points on five three-pointers over the span of 10 minutes.
At least that was the most memorable moment for fans who were at the game. For the rest of the nation, they probably remember him best for his performance in last year’s NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell. He didn’t play, but he did this, making him one of the most memorable characters of March Madness:
Smeathers has not named any schools where he may transfer to, but plans to finish this semester of school at Butler and then leave.
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