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Mitch McGary has been one of Michigan's top reserves this season.
Midseason Grade: B
This is one grade I expect to completely change by the end of the 2012-13 season.
The Michigan Wolverines are getting more production than ever before from freshman big man Mitch McGary, Jon Horford has been solid since returning from a dislocated kneecap, and Caris LeVert is progressing quicker than expected.
McGary is making a strong case to crack the starting rotation after an outstanding performance at both ends of the floor against preseason All-American Cody Zeller and the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Chesterton, Ind., product does a great job of getting out in transition and has come a long way defensively since November. If McGary continues to develop at his current rate, the Wolverines may be able to turn one of their only weaknesses into a strength as the NCAA tournament approaches.
LeVert still looks like a bit of a project, but he did manage to score at least six points in four straight games from Dec. 20-Jan. 6. The long and lanky 6'5", 170-pounder also chipped in four points in Michigan's loss to Indiana last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Horford has made two straight starts with Jordan Morgan unable to play and is rounding into form for the Wolverines.
Horford has looked better than ever now that he is finally healthy and turned in a solid 10 minutes of action against the Hoosiers.
Reserve point guard Spike Albrecht has done his part by managing the offense without turning the ball over, which has enabled Michigan to rest Trey Burke more than it did a year ago.
Albrecht also tallied a career-high seven points against the Ohio State Buckeyes, which helped ignite Michigan's furious rally.
It takes depth to win in the NCAA tournament, and the way the Wolverines' reserves are coming along they should have enough talent to make a run at a national title.