ANN ARBOR—Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary won’t be returning to the basketball floor anytime soon but did make his way back to Ann Arbor for school and to rejoin the Wolverines following his Tuesday surgery.
“Everything went well,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “That’s all I know.”
Making the announcement on December 27, McGary opted to undergo back surgery after similar pains he suffered back in August continued to flare up in practice and games.
No public timetable has been released for McGary’s recovery process but Beilein did say No. 4 will likely not attend road games with the team, starting with Thursday’s contest at Nebraska.
“As all the doctors get together and think about the rehab, his rehab will be No. 1,” Beilein said. “Making a road trip will not be a priority.
“And then you think about the stress on your back when you’re sitting in planes; I don’t care how big a plane is it’s a small plane to Mitch so, it’s important we get him healthy, is the biggest thing.
“I’m sure he’ll attend some practices along the line but I hope a good part of every practice he’s in (doing rehab).”
McGary averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in eight games played in the 2013-14 season.
Unavailable to media since taking questions on his decision prior to the New Year, McGary sent out a couple tweets prior to and following his procedure:
Let's rock and roll?? http://t.co/LuhOVQipeH— Mitch McGary (@MitchMcGary4) January 7, 2014
Thank you everyone for your support! I'm feeling great!?????? #GoBlue— Mitch McGary (@MitchMcGary4) January 7, 2014
Robinson III Fine
After sitting most of the second half with an ankle injury in Michigan’s win at Minnesota, sophomore wing Glenn Robinson III returned Sunday afternoon to score 12-points and help the Wolverines knock off Northwestern.
Asked if Robinson III is still dealing with any issues from the incident in Minneapolis, Beilein put any worry to rest as Michigan looks to improve to 3-0 in Lincoln Thursday evening.
“No, no,” Beilein said. “(He) practiced fine yesterday. As always you have to rehab that so you don’t have another injury.”