Expectations for Mitch McGary and the Michigan basketball program are reaching new heights. The Wolverines will be one of the top contenders to win the Big Ten Conference title and make a run at a second straight Final Four. In order for either goal to be realized, McGary will have to live up to the hype that has followed him during the offseason.
After going relatively unnoticed for much of the 2012-13 campaign, McGary finally got himself into shape. What followed was a dominant performance in the NCAA tournament. In just six games, he went from being a under-performing ESPN 100 prospect to a projected lottery pick in the NBA draft.
It is amazing what a few great games can do.
Naysayers hope McGary's production will be curbed by the departure of Wooden Award winner Trey Burke. What is more likely, though, is one heck of an encore throughout the entire 2013-14 season.
There are five things McGary can do to ensure all expectations are met. Michigan will be relying on him to produce in all of the following areas.