Mitch Mcgary Question

Submitted by KennyGfanLMAO on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:56 PM

This is a question I would know if I followed college basketball, but I never seem to have the time to watch it because I always seem to be busy around when the season occurs. We are all waiting to hear from Mcgary, if he commits tomorrow wil we see him this upcomming season?



November 2nd, 2011 at 8:07 PM ^

Nope, he's in the class of 2012, which means he will gradate this year. It can be a bit confusing I guess because football and basketball are played in different seasons, but they are part of the same school year.


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:08 PM ^

Because the initial question was answered, let's take this in a new direction. 

Given that Jared Sullinger goes to the NBA (if it exists) after this season and Tim Hardaway sticks around for his Junior year, is Michigan the favorite to win the Big Ten and a top five team?

McGary will obviously develop a lot in college, but from what I've seen, he looks like he'll be a starter from his first game freshman year. If the current players can take some big steps forward in their development this year, I am thinking we are a Final Four contender in 2012-2013,


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 PM ^

I think Sullinger likely leaves after this year, and Buford is a senior so they'll be losing their top 2 players almost certainly. 

We, OTOH, will be losing only Novak (quality starter) and Douglass (6th man?) who are great guys but likely replaced almost right away by some combination of Brundidge, Vogrich, Metrics and Little Big Dog.  We will almost certainly be Big Ten favorites and if we're #18 preseason this year I have to think 2012 we'd be top 10, top 5 is pushing it. 


Burke - Brundidge
Hardaway - Vogrich
Metrics - Robinson III
McGary - Metrics
Morgan - Horford

I know I put Smotrycz on there twice, but I think he'd start at the three and move to the 4 depending on who needs a breather and who comes off the bench.  I think that line-up is very solid.


November 2nd, 2011 at 10:38 PM ^

I'm not trying to say that those guys won't be missed. But for starters, graduating only two seniors is a good thing. And although those two add a lot of leadership on top of their physical attributes, our 2012 team will be laden with upperclassmen who will step up in their absence.

Again, not a negligible loss at all. But to trade Novak and Douglass for McGary, Robinson III and Stauskas while letting our other guys progress a year is certainly a net gain.


November 2nd, 2011 at 10:59 PM ^

Zack is awesome and will be missed. Stu, and I say this as respectfully as I can, won't be. The guy is a shooter who (most of the time) can't shoot.

The 2009-10 debacle had a lot more to do with the loss of a couple walk-ons who gave the "Go Blue" speech before heading out to the court. I think Beilein blamed a lot of it on himself thus bringing in assistants who were versed in things he was not (Bacari working closely with the bigs, Jordan teaching the pick-n-roll, etc.)




November 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 AM ^

THJ has a quality all-around offensive game, draws more attention from the defense, doesn't need to rely on threes and yet he still has a higher percentage. Douglass makes his living behind the arc and misses a discouragingly high number of wide open looks there.

Stu really hasn't improved much at all from his freshman season.


November 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 AM ^

You know 35% is actually pretty decent from behind the arc right? And for a shooting guard playing out of position most of his career and becoming our best perimeter defender, for you to say he won't be missed and he hasn't improved is laughable. Sometimes I question weather people actually understand basketball when they post ridiculous shit like this


November 3rd, 2011 at 10:06 AM ^

Neither Hardaway nor Vogrich have played a minute of shooting guard in their Michigan career. Brundidge will probably play some point AND some shooting guard (most publications say he's a stronger prospect than Burke - I don't think he's coming here to backup his entire career), and Stauskas is probably your backup.


1. Burke/Brundidge

2. Brundidge/Stauskas

3. Hardaway/GRIII

4. Smotrycz/Beifeldt

5. McGary/Morgan/Horford

I know I'm putting Morgan on the bench, but I don't see a McGary/Morgan starting front-court, as Beilein Ball is largely predicated on a PF that can step out and shoot.


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 PM ^

I knew he was coming next year, but I have another question. How does the whole Prep School thing work? Is this his legitimate senior year in High School, or did he add another year? It confused me totally.


November 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 PM ^

I don't know if this is his fifth year in HS or not, but just to dispell a few myths....


I work at a private school and we get students who come in for a final year of HS before moving on.  It is not at all uncommon for students that bounce around schools for many reasons, both good and bad (parents move often, learning disabilities cause school switches, poor upbringing resulting in a lack of discipline - that's a big one).

Long story short: The year of prep is a good thing from our perspective.  There's the possibility he works with some dedicated teachers and mentors and matures/learns some valuable life lessons that he, for whatever reason, didn't get or was unable to get, leading to the extra year.


November 3rd, 2011 at 10:48 AM ^

I could be wrong, but I think in McGary's case it didn't have to do with academics, it had to do with a lack of interest in his basketball game during his true senior season. IIRC he went to a powerhouse private school to be able to get the offers from the Michigan's and Duke's and UNC's of the world that he didn't have in 2011.


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:16 PM ^

If he does in fact commit to Michigan, and his high school (and  family) will let him commute from New Hampshire to Ann Arbor (or wherever we're playing) and basically miss most of his own school's schedule as well as a good portion of his senior year, and the NCAA can quickly change several rules and MIchigan can negotiate Mitch's early graduation, then maybe. 


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:21 PM ^

To add and clarify, a kid in the 2012 class enrolls in the fall of 2012.  If they graduate early then they'll enroll for the summer of 2012.


November 2nd, 2011 at 8:23 PM ^

If he would have commited like a month ago, he could have reclassified and joined the Team this year. But it is too late now, as others have said.