ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- How hurt is he?
Sophomore power forward Mitch McGary has been dealing with a back injury throughout fall camp. While the specifics of the injury have not been open to the public, McGary says he’s “feeling great” and has no "pain" with the injury.
“I really don’t have any pain,” McGary said at Michigan’s Media Day on Thursday. “Never really had any pain. Just a little condition that I was dealing with. But right now I’m day to day. I’m feeling great. There is no time table for me being back – just being cautious right now.”
McGary said he can run down the floor and is participating in some activities in practice. But again, with some caution.
“I think they’re just being cautious,” McGary said on his practice limitations. “(They’re) just having me work on other skills. And giving me some rest.”
But sooner or later Michigan coach John Beilein is going to have see what McGary can do on the floor. Although, Beilein said they are being careful with McGary’s progression.
"He's making great progress, but we're super cautious,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “He's been doing underwater treadmill workouts that are really productive. I know I couldn't do some of those, and so it's really good but we're being very cautious as well. If he keeps making this progress day after day (he's still day-to-day), one of these days he's going to have to get out there to see what he can do. But we're very cautious."
As far as being read for season opener, when Michigan plays host to UMass-Lowell on Nov. 8, McGary said he couldn’t comment on a possible specific return date. However, he was adamant that he would be “ready” to play the roughly 30 minutes asked of him when he finally does come back.
“It’s going to take some time. But definitely --I’ll be ready,” McGary said on playing more minutes. “There is no doubt in mind I’ll be ready. The coaches might not think so – but I definitely will be ready.”