ACE: Mitch McGary to Decide Next Month

Submitted by Ace on September 29th, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Per Chris Balas of The Wolverine, 2012 five-star big man Mitch McGary will decide next month. Sam Webb said on in radio show in the last couple days that the sooner McGary decided, the better Michigan's chances, so I'd take this as a good sign. To me, it looks like this one will come down to the Wolverines and Duke. Either way, it's clear John Beilein and his staff have made a huge impression on McGary and his family (the whole staff visited them this week), and just to see the basketball team as a major factor down to the wire on such a big-time recruit is a great sign for the program.



September 29th, 2011 at 2:27 PM ^

so I apologize in advance but this guy seems like a pretty high end recruit is he just going to be a 1 and done? or is he going to be around for a few years.  From what I understand Duke doesn't play the 1 and done game so makes me lean toward he will be around for a few years atleast


September 29th, 2011 at 2:32 PM ^

Was a one-and-done this past season even though he was injured half the season, so Duke likes to talk about not playing that game, but they obviously do. 

Edit: Mitch himself has never said anything about the NBA or how long he'd be in college, but he's likely a 1 year college player, maybe two.  A lot could depend on the types of things they put in the new CBA whenever they sign it. Some rumors were they'd try to up the age-limit to 3 years out of high school like the NFL, but nobody thinks it would actually pass.  

Blue boy johnson

September 29th, 2011 at 2:35 PM ^

McGary might be one and done but I have my doubts. I think he will stick around at least 2 years. Here is a kid who stuck around HS an extra year, why should he hurry through college. The kid seems like he would really enjoy the college experience. I'm gonna let you guys in on the dirty little secret; College is a blast!


September 29th, 2011 at 7:06 PM ^

By "the flood of players that will be exiting this year" you must mean exiting via the 2012 draft? McGary won't be in the 2012 draft unless he decides not to go to college at all. If he's a one-and-done player, he'd be entering the 2013 draft.

I wouldn't put much stock into these given how far away this is, but here's a 2013 mock draft that has McGary going third (and Hardaway Jr. going sixth). Here's another that has McGary going tenth (and Hardaway Jr. going eighth and Horford going 12th).


September 29th, 2011 at 7:27 PM ^

Kinda crazy that Jon Horford, who has never started or even played significant non-blowout minutes is predicted to go 12th overall in that draft.  The crazier thing is that if we get McGary, Horford still might not have started a game by then since he'd be behind McGary and Morgan. 

I agree that Horford could develop into a good starter or even All Big Ten level F/C, but leaving early and going 12th overall is a bit optimistic for him I think.


September 29th, 2011 at 2:47 PM ^

But those plans tend to change over the course of a year. Everyone knew Sullinger was a one and done too, but he stuck around.

Who knows where he'll be graded after a year. If he's not a first rounder but loves college, he'll probably stay. If he goes pro, it probably means he had a great season, and I'm OK with that too.


September 29th, 2011 at 4:08 PM ^

I think there is a chance he will stay beyond one season if he comes.  He is currently 19 and therefore eligible for the NBA draft next year out of high school and still is firmly commited to attending college for at least a year, so clearly there are concerns beyond jumping to the NBA as soon as possible.  FWIW when judged with all players eligible for the next year's NBA draft he checks in just outside the first round. 


September 29th, 2011 at 4:56 PM ^

Duke students will certainly flood one-and-dones (or even 2 and done's in the case of Elton Brand)  with sanctimonious letters and emails, though.

and ...


From: Taylor, Jennifer
Sent: Friday, April 16, 1999 2:55 PM
To: Brand, Elton
Subject: Leaving Duke

I graduated from Duke last May and just wanted to express my disgust for your decision to leave the Duke program after only two years. As an alum, not only do I hold the school in high regard, but the basketball program as well, especially since both have deservedly garnered such a great deal of respect for their accomplishments.

As part of our basketball program, you represent Duke as a whole. We are first and foremost an academic school, you clearly did not belong at Duke in the first place if this was the extent of your commitment to Duke and a college education in general. You have not only insulted the current students who are putting in four years at a school they love, but also the thousands of alumni who have realized the value of a Duke education and what an honor and privilege it was to be there for four years.

If you do not realize the opportunity you has infront of you to play for Coach K and at the same time attain a Duke diploma, then that is certainly your loss. I just wish that you has spared us the notion that you were continuing in the tradition of being a Duke student-athlete, in emphasizing excellence in both academics and athletics. You will not be considered part of the Duke family, in my mind as well as many others. You have by no means proved yourself worthy of that title.

Jennifer Taylor

From: Elton Tyron Brand
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 1999 8:05 PM
To: Taylor, Jennifer
Subject: Re: Leaving Duke

Thank you very much, for reminding me of the reason why I left Duke. People like you can not and will not ever understand my situation. I'm sure daddy worked very hard to send your rich self to college. While real people struggle. I would also like to extend an invitation for you not to waste your or my time ever again. Never being considered a part of your posh group of yuppies really hurts me to the heart. Yeah, right. Because I don't care about you or your alumni.

Sincerely, Elton Brand #42 NBA…


September 29th, 2011 at 2:44 PM ^

I hate to be technical, but Balas's tweet on this said "Five-star basketball recruit Mitch Mcgary plans to decide in a month, he said today." That to me means he'll be making an announcement in late October, not that he'll decide sometime in October.

As I said in the earlier McGary thread, an announcement in a month means there's still time for him to make more visits. And there are reports that he plans to attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness on October 14. The possible visit to Florida on November 5 now seems doubtful.


September 29th, 2011 at 2:46 PM ^

While at the EMU game I sat behind Beilein who was there with all of his staff. First of all super friendly guy that was talking to everyone which was cool to see. I walked up and introduced myself and told him I loved what he was doing with the program. Before I left I asked him about Mitch and he just smiled really big and said "we'll see prettty soon." So with the recent activity its hard not to get excited about what could be coming up!!


September 29th, 2011 at 2:48 PM ^

I have dreams (non-creepy/no homo) of Mitch McGary at PF and the mountain of Zach Banner at C...

Throw in a side of Brionte Dunn while we're at it

MM is Maize n Blue!


September 29th, 2011 at 3:09 PM ^

It would be a Banner day indeed. Git 'er Dunn, Beilein!

Stupid puns aside, does anyone think it reasonable to think 2 sport players are going to significantly upgrade the basketball program? Has a football/hoops crossover done well at the major college level of late?


September 29th, 2011 at 3:43 PM ^

Julius Peppers played for UNC...More of a role player that grabbed boards, swatted shots and dunked on everybody. But he definitely made an impact.

Banner being the size he is would be nice to have if nothing else but to clog the lane and bang with the likes of Jared Sullinger.


September 29th, 2011 at 11:48 PM ^

Absolutely true. Ward was a while ago, but obviously a top talent in both sports.

I guess Kelvin Grady is the most recent UM example I can think of. It always struck me how little he was on the court, and how he looked fairly long and lean as a WR.



September 29th, 2011 at 3:55 PM ^

 but when I heard we sent a contingency to his home this week the first thing I thought was that he let us know it was Duke and it was a hail Mary to his folks 

By the way can some explain to me why you couldn't have a 6'10 kid on the football team who could sky and just lob a pass up there from inside the 10 yard line every time?  Would he get crushed on the line?  Just always wondered this but never said it aloud before.   



September 29th, 2011 at 4:03 PM ^

there is no way a body like that would survive being tackled day in and day out.  look how rare athletic 7fters are, shaq really was RARE most don't last that long in the NBA before they break down and that has no where near the wear and tear on the body being a receaver or tightend would be.

that and if your 6ft 10 and midely athletic you pretty much can punch your ticket to having a shot at an NBA roster and a full ride to college so no point in risking your body playing fball.