Several schools brought in major recruits coups this year. Michigan, Iowa State, Wake Forest,…
Mitch McGary Signing Day Capsule
Center/Power Forward 6'10"-245
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH)
National Rank: ***** Position Rank: 1
Coach Beilein said this (Wed.) evening: "Mitch possesses a unique blend of size and skill with a motor to run, rebound and compete, which will serve him well at this level of college basketball," said Beilein. "He initiates contact inside while being very comfortable on the perimeter with the ball. Mitch loves the University of Michigan and loves playing basketball and will bring energy and enthusiasm to our team."
McGary's Recruiting Story
Maybe no other prospect in the country enjoyed such a meteoric rise to prominence as Mitch McGary. Going from a raw product that could produce on the Division one level with coaching, McGary put in the work to rise to a five star product that was rated as the number two prospect at any position by Scout.com.
"I saw Mitch quite a bit as a sophomore and I would have never guessed he was going to be this good," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels in a September Detroit News article. "It has been a heck of a rise for him. His whole game has changed. He has really developed his skill set. He plays so hard and brings so much energy to the table that he has been able to be really effective. It has been a pretty unbelievable rise for him. He is a terrific player that continues to get better."
Part of that rise to stardom was the fact McGary took an extra year to attend a prep school, his current institution at Brewster Academy, to get his academics in order and commit to becoming a top prospect on the hardwood.
"It was my main purpose to come here and get my grades," McGary told scout.com in November, 2010. "Back at home I didn't have any grades and I didn't think I was going anywhere except for a JUCO or something.
"Mainly I think it was the transition moving out to Brewster," McGary told GBW in June. "I did it mainly for academic reasons. But it helped out from a basketball standpoint, being that it was the best school in the country the year before and won the national championship. So just playing against that level of play, and playing in practice, was another level up from what it was at my local high school."
Helping Michigan's cause was one of McGary's best friends, and fellow AAU teammate Glenn Robinson III, who committed to the Wolverines long before McGary's process played out.
"Me and Mitch have been best of friends for a while now," Robinson told GBW in June. "I'm trying to recruit him a little I guess, okay a lot, we talk about it all the time. I know it is his decision, because I mean everybody knows him now. He is probably the best big man in the country. I got great respect for him. He is a good guy on and off the court."
McGary saw his star rise even further in the month of July, 2011, by receiving offers from the top of the top dogs in college basketball, as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina extended offers to the rising star. After that slew of offers from the elite, McGary took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor shortly after, and told GoBlueWolverine about his initial impressions.
"It went great," said McGary. "I really like the coaches. The coaching staff was real with me and I know people that are going there and that are there now. I can trust them in their decision as to whether a coach is cool or not."
Later that summer, McGary had trimmed his list to a who's who of basketball prominence, including Michigan in a list of Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina. About a week after that, he was back in Ann Arbor on an official visit, which kick started a frenzy of visits for the five star prospect. The Michigan visit and subsequent non stop recruiting effort put forth by the Wolverines proved too much for basketball's elite to overcome and in November of 2011, McGary pledged to the Wolverine's on national television (ESPN) in a recruiting coup that John Beilein hadn't previously seen.
McGary is certain to be an instant star the second he steps on campus for the Wolverines. Michigan has waited over a decade to land a recruit of this hype and prominence, and hasn't seen such since LaVell Blanchard and Jerod Ward.
"To put it bluntly — (at Michigan) he'd be the starting center and the best player on the team the moment he walks on campus," Brian Snow of Scout.com told GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb in a Detroit News article. "I really don't see a scenario in which that isn't the case. He is probably the hardest playing kid in the country. There's absolutely no prima donna to him at all. He'll run through a wall for you, he'll dive on the floor. Then he is a pretty good athlete. He can really face the rim and handle the ball, especially against centers. He also scores down low, blocks shots, and he is one of the better rebounders in the country.
"We're talking about a kid that can do it all from the low post," said Scout.com's Evan Daniels in the same Detroit News article. "He can run, he has good hands, he plays hard and with energy, he rebounds, blocks shots, and he can score. Whatever school gets Mitch is getting a heck of a player and a major impact-type guy as soon as he sets foot on campus."
McGary is an extremely likely one and done candidate, a talent which Michigan hasn't seen in quite some time, and will step on the court as soon as he arrives and if he lives up to his billing, will be a talent likely remembered amongst the greats to wear the Maize and Blue.
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