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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.

Photo: Indy Star

Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Bodes well for the program

Finally, after more than ten years, opposing coaches can't simply walk into a recruit's house, say "Fab Five Scandal" to his parents, and eliminate Michigan from the picture.  Mitch McGary is THE recruit who has just made it "cool" for McDonald's All-Americans to go to Michigan again.  
 
This means that Tom Izzo is now going to have to work twice as hard as he ever has if he wants to recruit Michigan in particular and the midwest in general.  Now that Michigan is back on a level playing field with Sparty in regards to recruiting, look for Tom Izzo to finish out his career the way it would have been if he hadn't had the scandal handed to him on a golden platter: Jud Heathcoate v.2.  
 
Sparty has had their ten minutes of fame extended to eleven or twelve years.  It is time for Michigan to put them back where they belong: second-best in their own state. 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:10 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

The way you know you are a good program is if you get the one and done caliber players.

That is sad on so many levels.  

a.) This one and done rule has made college basketball a joke.  McGary couldn't care less where he is playing and the only reason players like him play anywhere in college is because they are not allowed to go pro.  Get rid of the one and done and he wouldn't even try to figure out where Ann Arbor is.  These programs are nothing more than a stop on his way to the pro game.  I'm not anti-Umich or pro any of their rivals, but I wonder how much they had to pay him to get him away from the bigger programs?  He's probably down at Cooper Porsche in Ann Arbor picking out his car right now....

b.)  Once again, i'm not anti Umich or anything, but isn't this your first "one and done caliber" prospect in a while?   Wait to put up the championship banner until you actually can challenge in the Big Ten, let alone in the tournament...and not the NIT.

 



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:19 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

yeah, and our arch rival ohio state gets a lot of one and done players, and they are always a threat. The way you know you are a good program is if you get the one and done caliber players. And as far as being better than we are now, I think we're pretty damn good as we are. even without morris this is a sweet 16 team, hopefully better.



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:13 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

too soon



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:19 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Go Appalachian State



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:17 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Hey! That West Virginia clown underneath me is trying to crash the party like that old couple that crashed the party at the White House. Get lost, worm!! This is a Maize 'n' Blue celebration!! HEYYY!!!HOOOO!!!



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:08 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

A massive pick-up.......couple this with this year's couple of 4 stars, then two more 4's next year in Stauskas, Robinson III, and now a 5 in McCary?  This is huge.  Many people were ready to pack it in with Belien when he had the disappointing year with Manny and Sims when they were seniors....very glad the university exhibited patience.  He's a great coach.

And WVU hater with your comment.....guys like this very well could be one and done, and thinking nothing but NBA, but they also don't go to teams who don't have a legit shot in that one year.  Say what you want....this is HUGE for the UM program.  (I still hope McCary gives us 3 years.  haha)

GO BLUE! 



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:16 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Booyah!

The 2012 class is looking nice, real nice.  Way to go get 'em JB.




Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:08 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Sorry Michigan fans this is coming from a guy who knows how your coach goes. He has a team system , basically he will take nobodys who plays his style and have them buy into it. So he gets the best from people who want to be team players. Just because your getting a potential stud it will not equal a great team like your thinking. This kid will not want to buy into a system where it is a team thing , he is thinking NBA. Your no better than what you are now.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:59 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

Love it


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