ANN ARBOR—Despite having another week of practice in between games it appears Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary might need some more time before he’s back to being the double double performer from the 2013 NCAA tournament.
In the Wolverines’ loss to Arizona Saturday McGary scored just eight points on three shots to go with four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
According to John Beilein, that’s not the No. 4 he knows and wants to see on the floor.
“There were several rebounds in that game, that wasn’t Mitch McGary going for that rebound,” Beilein said Friday. “That was somebody that is hurting.”
Asked to elaborate on what is ailing McGary at this point after previously documenting his back issue in the early season as well as a minor thigh bruise, Beilein declined to go into detail.
“I’m not going to tell you the variety -- he’s injured,” he said. “He’s injured in more places than I care to mention.
“And so we tried to put a week in of no contact, no jumping, no bounce, just cardio and then put him in action. We’ll practice him today, I mean, he’s not nearly at 100-percent.”
With Michigan set to hit the road to Brooklyn to take on an 8-2 Stanford team Saturday night, Beilein and the Wolverines have considered sitting McGary out of game action in order to fully recover.
“It could be,” Beilein said on whether or not resting McGary is an option. “We’ll see.
“If he doesn’t practice well today or can’t practice well today you won’t see him at Stanford.”
Without McGary on the floor fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas knows just how valuable the 6-10 athlete can be for the Wolverines.
“Having Mitch out there makes a big difference for us,” Stauskas said. “We need him to be 100-percent healthy out there to be the Mitch that we know he can be.
“When he’s out there hedging ball screens, rebounding, running the floor, pushing the ball, those are the things that we need Mitch to do and when he’s healthy he’s really good at that.”
Sophomore reserve Spike Albrecht, who has seen a spike in minutes of late for Michigan, is hoping McGary is on the floor regardless.
“Really, for us, any Mitch is a good Mitch,” Albrecht said. “He brings a lot of energy to this team and a lot of passion. He goes out there and plays really hard.
“But whether or not he’s able to go it’s going to be up to the coaches but we have other guys who are going to have to step up who are capable of making plays.”