ANN ARBOR—Mitch McGary is out indefinitely.
Friday afternoon Michigan and Coach John Beilein announced that sophomore Mitch McGary opted for surgery to his back after the same issues continued to flare up despite rest and constant rehab throughout the season.
“My back problems have been a daily challenge ever since late August,” McGary said in a statement. “We have worked hard rehabbing the injury and I thought that everything was proceeding in the right direction until the last two weeks.
“I have consulted with my family, my coaches and our doctors and decided the best option now is to have surgery.
“This was a difficult decision to make because I want to be out there with my teammates. At the same time, I need to be healthy to give everything I can on the court and help my team.”
Michigan coach John Beilein, as well as the entire training staff, has remained very cautious with McGary and his workload since the back issue became a problem prior to preseason practice getting underway in August.
“We want Mitch to be 100-percent healthy again,” Beilein said in a statement. “He has worked very hard over the last few months and during his earlier rehab.
“He was making progress in practice and games; however, lately he began to experience the same pain he had when we held him out of preseason practice this fall.
“Our first priority is Mitch’s overall health even though I am certain he would rather be back on the court right now.”
McGary has appeared in eight games for Michigan this season averaging 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
This story will be updated.