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No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:03 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.

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Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:04 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Who the hell is Kevin Tolbert?(I saw somewhere he's Stanford Strength and Conditioning Coach, doubt you were referring to him though.)

Did you mean Kelvin Torbert?  Cuz then I could see your point, aside from that he's not exactly 6'10".  Anyways.... JB is getting himself, and the program, the type of guys he needs to succeed.  Shooters, shooters, and more shooters.  And a nice slasher or two.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:46 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

2 words.  Kevin Tolbert.  This kid hasn't even scored a point yet.  But I am glad to see UofM making some improvement.  Its good for the conference.  They haven't been good in what 15 years???

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:37 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Furthermore, please let me clarify my previous comment:

It seems that every non-Michigan alum, non-Michigan native who is a fan of Michigan's athletic programs is a complete drain on society and its resources.

This of course excludes alumni, current students and most Michigan natives who are Michigan fans.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:34 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

As much as I despise The University of Michigan and their trashy, Eminem look-alike fanbase, I must say that John Beilein has things going in the right direction.

His philosophy of tenacious perimeter defense and sound shooting have resulted in successful seasons. The B1G is a physical league and he has managed to compete despite not having any "big" guys. I do believe that McGary does qualify as a "big" guy.

This a team no one will want to play the last 2-3 weekends in March.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:28 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Good for UM. It's been, what, a good 15 years since they've been relevant in basketball? It's tough when head cases like Manny Harris are expected to carry what was once a proud tradition. It's good for the conference when Michigan does well. Of course, signing recruits is a little different than actually winning games...but it's good that Michigan has stopped embarassing themselves when it comes to basketball. It went on for too long.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:20 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Michian beat MSU twice last season

3/5/11 Michigan won 70-63 

1/27/11 Michigan won 61-57  
   Thanks for playing.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:54 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Those "inflated" rankings don't have anything to do with the BCS, they are based on a study of all universities and colleges in the United States by US News and World Report. It has nothing to do with athletics and were put on here to show one of your fans how wrong he was by saying Michigan was not a top rate school. As for being your "little sister", you have a long way to go before you can claim the tradition, history, pride, acclaim and yes aside from these past few years, history of winning, before you can even try to compare your second rate school to the University of Michigan

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:05 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

its like you were reading my mind T Minor. Ive been saying for years that Izzos' success was largely due to his ability to grab the best hoops talent from the state of Michigan(in particular), and the midwest. This state(Michigan) has always been a hotbed of basketball talent. Having said that, I still think Tommy I is a pretty good coach, but lets see how he does with fewer high end recruits.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:47 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Who came up with those inflated rankings?  let me guess the BCS.  You have a lot of ground to gain to catch up to your Big Brother in East Lansing.  Years of inferior coaching and athletic department leadership has put you firmly entrneched as MSU Litlle Sister.  Sparty On!

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:17 pm

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

lovinMSU, you are about as incorrect on this as you can possibly be. Having several "campus" locations or "satellite" locations are available to allow students who are not able to live or travel to a main campus or have the financial means to attend the main campus to attend college. According to US News and World Report, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ranks #28 in the United States. Virginia is #25 and University of California-Berkley is #21. But, as you said, having these satellite schools cheapens the whole university system, right? Well, the University of California has 10 of them and Berkley is the exceptional one. Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the campus that participates in sports is a member of the Big 10 and so on, is the exceptional university. Michigan State, they rank # 71. Their admission rate? 70%. Engineering School #52, Education #17, Business #49, public school #28, law #95, medical #87...Now for the University of Michigan, Admission 50%, Business School #3, Engineering #6, public schools #4, business #14, education #9, law #7, medical #10.

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