Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I thought about using a more provocative title, given my opinion on this, but no reason to troll on an already bad news day:
I think McGary is gone. Not based on draft stock, but on tea leaf logic. Consider:
- Horford already knows McGary's decision, but Mitch hasn't announced yet. Why wouldn't he announce right away if he were coming back? Horford says his choice had nothing to do with Mitch's decision.
- GRIII appears to have made his choice. And, if reports are accurate, it is to leave. Now, it has been thought that GRIII and Mitch are a package deal. Maybe or maybe not, but it seems like they are/were trying to reveal the news together.
- Even if that is not explicitly the case, though, wouldn't he be more likely to leave if McGary left? GRIII wants to play (and, importantly, defend) the small forward position. That has always been difficult in Beilein's system, but it's impossible if McGary leaves--GRIII would be guaranteed to play the 4 for the entire season.
I could be wrong and I hope I am. Mitch has much more to gain by coming back than GRIII did, and not as much to lose. But this all makes lots of sense if Mitch is leaving.
We'll find out soon.
Does this mean Stauskas, GR3 and McGary are all coming back?
In a surprise to no one, but probably more important tham who's wearing Michigan apparel threads, Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have filed to request an evaluation by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Here's a vine video of John Beilein hitting a jumper from the elbow and holding his form on the follow through like a pimp. Or like Aaron Craft. A pimpy Aaron Craft.
Anyway, maybe the more significant part is that Mitch seems to be in a practice jersey. I'm still doubtful he would ever come back this year but why not fan the flames of internet speculation?
Sam Webb has an update on Mitch McGary on Go Blue Wolverine. It's a free link.
A lot of the same information, however it goes more into what he is doing in his workouts and how much he wants to get back to this team.
One interesting note was that Spike's older brother had the same surgery and gave him advice on things to do such as a lot of stretching and core work to strengthen the back.
You have to love the guy and how much he wants to be part of this team.
My bad if that has been posted already but I though it was important enough.
Mitch McGary has progressed to running on a hardcourt and next week plans to start jumping for the first time since shutting down his season with a back injury.
The Michigan sophomore still doesn't have a timetable for a return, though he does have a wish.
"Let's get back to Dallas [site of the Final Four] and we'll see," he said after Michigan beat Ohio State in a Big Ten semifinal on Saturday. "You never know what will happen."
He had been running on an underwater treadmill before finally progressing to the less forgiving hardcourts. As for the jumping, it will be slow and gradual, he said -- like everything with this rehab.
The biggest hill to climb, though, will be conditioning.
"I just have to get my legs back," he said. "It's tougher than people think it is. I have a lot of energy and I like to go all out, so it's been really difficult."