In hindsight, Mitch McGary made a mistake coming back to school last year when he was projected to be a lottery pick after a great tourney run as a freshman. Of course, no one could have foreseen that McGary would injure his back and miss most of his sophomore season.
If McGary were to return, you would think it would be to show NBA teams that he can stay healthy and show that he still has the potential of that March 2013 version of himself. Michigan coach John Beilein, however, told MLive.com that McGary's decision will be based on basketball and not the injury.
So now that we can assume this is a basketball-related decision, here are the main pros and cons of staying.
Pros: After losing Jordan Morgan (graduation) and Jon Horford (transfer), Michigan is short on proven big men. McGary will have every opportunity to play heavy minutes and be a big part of Michigan's success. With Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin still around, there's enough talent to still be a really good team.
Cons: By returning, McGary would give scouts another year to critique his game, and sometimes, the longer you stay, the more they pick you apart. Because of what McGary did his freshman season, there's still the potential and promise in the NBA's eyes that he could play like that in the league. He's also getting healthy enough where he should be able to prove himself in workouts.
And even though Michigan should have a solid team, it's hard to see the Wolverines competing for a national title now that McGary's buddies, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III, are gone. That might contribute to him following their path.
Prediction: McGary declares.