Mitch McGary is a 6'10" 260-pound power forward from Chesterton, Indiana. He was also offered a scholarship to play for Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Maryland and Florida. The fact that he chose Michigan over these basketball powerhouses proves that the Wolverines are definitely on the rise.
McGary has tremendous strength. He is extremely physical down on the block, and is a force in the paint both offensively and defensively. McGary finishes strong at the rim, and is a tenacious rebounder on both sides of the floor. The energy he plays with is infectious, diving for loose balls and hustling on every play.
McGary needs to work on his overall offensive game. His footwork appears raw, and he must develop his back-to-the-basket moves. His mid-range shot can be deadly, but it is inconsistent at the moment.
The good news: With some work, Coach John Beilein can turn McGary into a dominant force down low.
Originally, McGary was a 5-star recruit. He was ranked No. 2 overall (ESPN), and the No. 1 power forward in the country. However, in addition to losing a star (he is now a 4-star recruit), his rankings have dropped to No. 21 overall and the No. 5 power forward.
This descent is based on a few rough games of late, but fans should not read too much into this. McGary has tremendous potential, and he will be a major piece of what should be a very talented Michigan team next season.