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When Mitch McGary originally committed to Michigan, many fans believed he would only stay a year or two in Ann Arbor before heading to the NBA, but he struggled early in the season and wasn't even able to assert himself in the starting lineup until later in the year. However, he has blown up over the last few games in the NCAA Tournament and has been starting to receive a lot of NBA Draft attention. It probably reached its height when Chad Ford of ESPN commented that McGary could potentially go in the 1st round.
Despite this rise, McGary confirmed today that he will be returning to Ann Arbor next year. For most fans, this isn't much of a surprise. His rise to national prominence has only occurred over the last few games and although the fans and media may be fooled by a few big games, that's not going to happen to a bunch of veteran NBA scouts. McGary is a really good player and has amazing potential, but 4 games are not going to outweigh an entire regular season's worth of work.
McGary has many positives, such as his high energy play, solid rebounding, and improving jumpshot, but he still has a lot to work on including his low post defense, his ability to move to the perimeter on defense, and his free throw shooting. Until he can show scouts that he can do these type of things on a consistent basis, he's not going to go high in the draft. This was a good decision by McGary and with an entire summer and next season to develop, he has the potential to be an All-Big Ten player and move up to a high 1st round pick.
This is also big for Michigan because it means at least one of the starters will be back next season. There is still a lot of speculation regarding Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, and GR3, but Michigan should at least have McGary and Stauskas back now. Even if those three players go pro, the Wolverines could still have a lineup of Derrick Walton (freshman), Caris LeVert (sophomore), Nik Stauskas (sophomore), Jordan Morgan (rs senior), and Mitch McGary (sophomore). There will be a ton of shuffling around, but that would be a pretty solid lineup that could go pretty deep with really good players off the bench including Spike Albrecht, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, and Jon Horford.
Odds are that Michigan should be a pretty good team next season, but this is just one piece in keeping them at the level that has won them a Big Ten Championship and a Final Four in the last two years. Michigan has a bunch of solid big men outside of McGary for next season (Morgan, Horford, Bielfeldt, Donnal), but McGary is a completely different player. He brings an offensive game like none of these other players. This is probably not a surprising announcement, but it could end up being one of the major developments of the offseason for the Wolverines next year when all is said and done.
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I think this has a positive impact on GR3's chances to return. Given that Mcgary and GR3 played AAU together, they're probably really good friends.
I don't think Jordan Morgan is going to get many minutes next year unless he makes some serious strides in his game. McGary has passed him and left him in the dust. I expect at least one of either Glenn or THJ to return, and I also expect Zak Irvin to get a lot of minutes, eventually working himself into the starting lineup. I expect him to overtake Levert unless Levert is able to figure out his jump shot this offseason.
I love the negativity coming from other fan bases surrounding the future of our program. They are convinced we will fall back down the hole after Burke leaves. They simply can't fathom Michigan has a national threat year in and year out. If Glenn and THJ both leave with Burke, it will be a (relatively) down year where I still think we'd be ranked, and by tourney time I think we could still be a team that nobody wants to go up against. However, from 2014 and on, especially with the recruits that are high on us in the 2014 and 2015 classes (and 2016 fwiw) we will be a powerhouse every year.
I agree. If McGary sticks to this I believe GRIII will be back as well.
They are roommates.
Maybe I missed it but Mitch needs to develop a post game as well. Alot of his points are just because Trey dishes it off to him.
I mean, part of that is scheme. Opponents have a lot of trouble defending Michigan's pick and roll now that McGary can hold onto the ball. However, he does need to improve his low post game, especially against physical defenders. He should be able to get a ton of points like he is now due to the schemes and backcourt, but if they can just throw it in and he can back in for a few points, he will be even better on offense. The jumpshot is certainly a help though, especially against guys like Whitey.
His jump shot is kind of misleading. He is not a good free throw shooter... he actually looks better when he takes a contested shot from a similar distance. Kind of odd.
Maybe he should start jumping when he takes free throws? I don't remember who or which team, but someone in the B1G started doing that and it has helped immensely.
Stop bein' racist.
That is it. I remember thinking to myself that it looked really douchey, but if it helps... who cares???
I thought having him shoot a jump shoot for a free throw was stupid. Free throws are about keeping it simple with mechanics, repetition, and being focused mentally. Adding more movement than needed adds to the problem, imo.
He ended the year shooting 43% from the FT line. He shoot 72% the previous season. He had mental issues and/or didn't practice enough.
Btw, he shot 44% and 40% from the field the last 2 years, it isn't like he was a great shooter to begin with.
I agree that it is kind of odd that he can make a jumpshot, but miss free throws. Yeah, Ryan Evans numbers improved a little bit when he jumped on his free throw attempts. Not sure if that will work with McGary, but still an interesting thought.
I'm assuming that McGary just needs more time to work on his free throws and he'll improve. As a freshman big man, free throw shooting is way down towards the bottom of the list of things you need to work on. Now that he understands big things like the pick and roll, defending the pick and roll, defensive and rebounding positioning - he'll have more time to work on the refinements to his game. Things like free throw shooting, post play, etc.
Mitch has become a much smarter player as well. Early in the year he racked up fouls like crazy. Not so much anymore.
very true he did rack up fouls pretty quickly. he also seemed to be very clumsy. it kind of looks like he has more control over his body now. Nothing made me more mad than when he would have a wide open lay up and would miss it and that time he stole the ball and like fell down and lost the ball
Or miss wide open dunks
"Michigan Sports News@SportingNewsMI12m
Michigan's Mitch McGary backs off definitive return to school statement, says he will discuss future after season."
Hence, EF_Wolverine was justified in his skepticism.
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This post was edited by Jbolin9992 12 months ago
"Early in Final Four week, McGary told reporters that he was "100 percent'' certain to return to Michigan, but backed off on that Friday, saying that he will make a decision later in the spring, before the NBA declaration date. He is not only large, but possesses a freakish collection of skills: Soft hands, vision and quick feet. He remains a work in progress, but there's little doubt the NBA would happy to mold the clay."
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“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
He reminds me of a player from Duke...Josh McRoberts....He, also, is a guy that had a lot of talent and was from Indiana. In the end, Josh would have been better served playing another year in college. The same most certainly can be said of McGary. I understand the allure of playing in the NBA and if you are going to be a high pick....let's be honest....you need to go, but if you are a lower first round or lower then it makes sense to enjoy another year of college.
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