ANN ARBOR—Michigan coach John Beilein is bobbing and weaving with the best of them when asked about the status of sophomore Mitch McGary.
Friday was no different, though Beilein did provide a clue as to when the world will know No. 4 is ready to be back on the court in game action.
“If he dresses he’ll play,” Beilein said. “We’ll decide if he’s going to dress when he’s ready. So, if you ever see him in warm-ups, he’s going to play.”
Still not providing a timeline or any sort of plan as to how McGary will be worked back into the Wolverines rotation, Beilein continues to be encouraged by the added activity in practice.
“Mitch will play when he’s ready to play,” he said. “And we’ll just keep that going in that direction and when he’s ready, he’s ready and that’ll probably be my call.
“But he’s made progress and continues to do so. But he’s been out a long time.”
2-0 after wins over UMass Lowell and South Carolina State, Michigan now turns their attention to a dangerous Iowa State team and in a road atmosphere that will challenge the Wolverines mentally, similar to Bradley last season as Beilein noted Friday.
Either way, Michigan’s biggest challenge yet will be met with the same starting five looking to come out of the gates running against the Cyclones.
“I like the way we’re playing,” Beilein said. “We got off to a great start and if we can get off to a great start that’s really important on the road.”
Michigan defeated Iowa State 76-66 at home in December of 2011. Now 2013, Beilein believes the challenge is similar as the Cyclones will look to put up a bunch of points, coming in averaging nearly 90 through two games.
“It’s the same thing that they have incredible shooting everywhere,” Beilein said. “The kid Naz Long didn’t even play last year and now he comes in and hits eight three’s.
“This kid Georges Niang reminds me of Draymond Green a great deal that he is a strong forward who can pass, shoot three’s, eerily similarities to Draymond.”
Fresh off knocking down 15 three-pointers against South Carolina State, Michigan will need the long ball to fall Sunday. Iowa State is shooting just shy of 46-percent (26-for-57) from beyond the arc this season.
“That will be important,” Beilein said. “When they were here two years ago they did not shoot the ball from three well and they were a tremendous three-point shooting team. That was probably one of the reasons we got away with that W.”