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No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:04 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

Michigan couldn’t get a top-five prospect, right?

That was the popular line of thought for many throughout Mitch McGary’s recruitment. The last five-star recruit the Wolverines received a commitment from was Daniel Horton back in 2002, and John Beilein has never been known to pick up top-50 guys on a consistent basis.

With Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Florida and others in the mix, the Gary, Indiana native still always kept Michigan at or near the top of his list. On Thursday, McGary made it official – he’s going to be a Wolverine.

This is a monster commitment for Beilein and Michigan. He’s the No. 2-ranked prospect in the country, shooting up the charts with a dominant spring and summer for the SYF Players. Beilein runs an offense that allows for the big man to play multiple positions and do different things on the court, which is perfect for McGary.

McGary will fit in with Michigan and could take them to the next level in the Big Ten. He’s a high-energy big man whose attitude and personality are infectious to his teammates. He can score around the basket and also knock down face-up jumpers out to the arc. McGary runs the floor very well, and his shot-blocking ability and athleticism have improved greatly. Moreover, he is strong and makes an impact on the glass.

There are only two seniors on the Wolverines’ roster right now, Stu Douglass and Zack Novak. Tim Hardaway Jr. is poised to become a star on the perimeter, while Jordan Morgan is developing into a consistent option down low. With freshman Trey Burke set to be the point guard and Beilein’s usual assortment of shooters, Michigan is a Sweet 16 threat this season. With McGary and two other top-100 recruits – Glenn Robinson and Nik Stauskas – coming into the fold next year, do the Wolverines have Final Four potential?

That’s how big this commitment is for Michigan; it immediately makes them a major factor in 2012-13, and also potentially opens the door for more high-level recruits to make their way to Ann Arbor.

There’s no longer questioning whether Michigan can get a top-five recruit. The Wolverines just did.

Photo: Nation of Blue

Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:27 pm
 

...who is an idiot?

Wait a second --are you talking about me?  I sucessfully coached HS basketball for 16 years, in Wisconsin, and  am close personal friends with several D-1 coaches; so I do have a clue about what I a talking about.  Say what you want; but I stand by whay I say --zone defenses are a crutch!  You cannot go very far without playing an agressive style of man-to-man.  Mark my words, and talk all you want.  A fact is a fact. 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:15 pm
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

It's "you're", Idiot.




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:50 am
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

Your an idiot!



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:42 am
 

Too much zone defense = poor man to man

Zone defense is what will always hold back Beilin's teams; because when it comes down to the end of the game, and you need to make-up ground, you have to play man-to-man --and his teams don't do a good enough job of that. 



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:38 pm
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

To bad Michigan sucks at basketball and this kid will be gone in a year if he is any good. Kinda surprised the number two prospect is white.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:24 pm
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

How did MSU do against Michigan last year?



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:23 pm
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

Michigan hired beilein and thought he was the answer. Michigan hired Rich Rod and thought he was the answer. Buckeyes geta recruit like this it's not that big of a story. Just tells you what a fall their program has taken. Join the Mac already!



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:04 pm
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

Good pick up for Michigan obviously.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:21 am
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

OSU may have a chance this year but they are far far far from the premier program in the big ten annually.  Keep recruiting 1 and dones and sometimes you get lucky and they stay two like this year.  I think people should have a hard time arguing against Indiana traditionally and MSU recently as the premier program and U of M as one of the best pro college teams in the past 20 years.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:28 am
 

No. 2-ranked Mitch McGary announces for Michigan

Izzo will be just fine. He is the best coach in the country.
Michigan may just be closing the gap that was as big as the grand caynon.


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