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A breakout season from Mitch McGary is on the horizon.
Projected Starter: Mitch McGary
It may have taken more than half of the 2012-13 season, but Mitch McGary eventually showed the world why he was once the No. 2 prospect in the ESPN 100. But, poor dieting and underdeveloped footwork prevented McGary from making an immediate impact with the Michigan Wolverines.
"My balance wasn't as good because weight was a problem, and a lot of it was footwork," McGary told ESPN.com's Jason King. "I know there are guys who are the same size as me who are going to knock me around. I learned how to stay balanced and keep my weight under me."
With both of those issues behind him, the 6'10", 250-pounder is primed for a breakout sophomore campaign.
Even without Trey Burke, McGary should be the dominant player he was in the NCAA tournament. Derrick Walton and Spike Albrecht will be able to drive the lane and create shots for McGary.
Polishing up a mid-range jump shot will also make it easier for McGary to score without help. Developing a post game would add a much needed weapon to his arsenal as well.
McGary will have to make some adjustments defensively. Playing the 4 is a lot different than the 5. McGary's new position will require him to defend quicker forwards and he will need to do so without fouling. Rotating off screens and switches will be difficult for McGary as well.
Similar numbers (15.3 points and 10.7 rebounds) are the best-case scenario for the Brewster Academy alum in 2013-14.
If the rising sophomore can make the aforementioned offensive and defensive adjustments, he will be a force for the Wolverines.