4 - Mitch McGary

6-10, 266 Center
MICHIGAN_65.GIF Michigan Sophomore
06/06/92 (27.4 yrs)
Chesterton, IN
High School
Brewster Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Todd Fuller/Bill Laimbeer

Strengths: A bigman who is quick for his size … Possesses a high basketball IQ and can do damage offensively as a playmaker … Not explosive vertically but moves well laterally with good control … Willing to do the dirty work; hustles and seeks "garbage bucket" opportunities … Solid finisher around the rim with crafty post moves … A willing passer out of the post … Combined with his soft hands, should have the ability to develop go-to back-to-basket moves long term …  At 6’10" 255 lbs. has an adequate 7′ wingspan, and a very surprising 8’11.5 standing reach, giving him legitimate center size … Very physical and uses size and strength to his advantage… Can tire out opponents the way he constantly throws his weight around… Appears to be a team player.  Practices with a positive attitude.  This bodes well for him fitting in as a role player in the NBA… Plays with passion and aggressiveness… Still has room for improvement, but did up his free throw percentage from 44% to 68% (although in limited attempts) from freshman to sophomore seasons… Through eight games in his sophomore season, averaged 8.3 boards in just 24.8 minutes… Offensively plays within himself; does not turn the ball over at a high rate (1.2 TO in 20 mpg as a freshman and 1.6 TO in 25 mpg as a sophomore) and takes high percentage shots (60% and 55% during his freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively)…

Weaknesses: Simply has not played much basketball at a high level yet. A bit of an unknown in this regard.  Has potential, but other than strong 2013 NCAA Tournament, is unproven … Not explosive; think more Kevin Love than Blake Griffin, athletically … Work ethic and conditioning have been questioned, but hustles hard when on the court … Not known for low block scoring at this point, but has all of the tools to develop go-to moves … The lefty’s face up jumper is often rushed and without solid mechanics; has a lot of room for improvement before he is an effective pick and pop option … Due to aggressive play may be somewhat foul prone … Plays with a great deal of emotion and energy so there is some fear that he can only play at a high level in spurts and may struggle to sustain his level of play throughout an entire 82 game season … Though just a sophomore, he’s the age of a senior, limiting his upside …

Notes: Tested positive for marijuana in March 2014 and was facing a season-long suspension.  McGary wanted to return to school, but the NCAA failed to change its ruling even after an appeal.  This ultimately led to McGary entering the 2014 NBA Draft rather than sit out his junior year …  After having minor role as freshman during 2012-13 regular season, had a break out 2013 NCAA Tournament and helped Wolverines reach the National Championship Game.  Was viewed as having a high ceiling and was a potential lottery pick by the end of the tournament…  Missed the last 27 games of 2013-14 season due to back issues which required surgery… Late bloomer and did not garner much attention nationally until his senior season of high school…  Measured 6’11 (in shoes) 258 lbs, with a 7’0 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy. 2012 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements: Hgt w/ shoes: 6’9.75, Ht w/o shoes:  6’9, Wt: 263, W-Span:  7-0, Reach*:  8’11.5 … Measured 6’10.5 (in shoes) 266 lbs, with a 6’11.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy

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