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|Top NBA Prospects in the Big Ten, Part 2: Mitch McGary Scouting Video|
September 17, 2013
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2012 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Team Measurements
April 7, 2012
Height without shoes: 6'9
Height with shoes: 6'9.75
Standing Reach: 8'11.5
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2011 National Prep Showcase: Elite 2012 Prospects
November 23, 2011
This wasn't a particularly impressive weekend for the very highly regarded Mitch McGary (#2 ESPN, #2 Scout, #3 Rivals), who struggled to find much of a rhythm in either of the two games he played in. Hence, this may not have been the optimal place to evaluate him, but it also isn't our first time watching him.
McGary nevertheless has quite a few things going for him as a prospect, which helps explain why he was able to be such a dominant force on the AAU circuit this past summer. He possesses an excellent frame, standing 6-10 with terrific bulk, which he's able to use very well to his advantage at this level of competition. McGary is not an exceptional athlete, showing good, but not great explosiveness for a NBA big man, but definitely makes the most of the tools he has.
McGary runs the floor extremely hard and plays with an unbelievable amount of energy, diving on the floor for loose balls and having no qualms about using his body to assert himself inside the paint. He clearly has a huge passion for the game, pounding his chest at any opportunity, firing up his teammates and being a very positive influence both on and off the floor. He boxes out opponents well and is a massive presence on the glass, often going out and grabbing rebounds well out of his area thanks to sheer desire.
Defensively, he can be a bit wild at times, but has more than enough bulk to hold his own in the paint and shows the willingness and awareness to rotate over and get stops. His lateral quickness is just average, though, which will likely relegate him to the center position long-term.
Offensively, McGary does not appear to be an overly skilled player at this point in time. His back to the basket game consists mostly of overpowering his opponents with brute force, as his footwork is fairly raw. He attempted to show off his perimeter game at this tournament, putting the ball on the floor somewhat wildly and pulling up for jump shots, but did not find much success. He did show some solid passing ability, though, again looking like an unselfish and committed teammate, which will surely be appreciated by John Beilein at Michigan.
There's little doubt that McGary will have an instant impact at Michigan with his terrific size and energy level. Few players in the Big Ten can match up with him physically, and that coupled with his aggressiveness and tenacity will allow him to produce from day one.
How much upside McGary still has to grow into remains somewhat of a question mark, though. Born in June of 1992, he's significantly older than almost any of his colleagues in the 2012 high school class. He'll turn 20 nearly six months before playing his first game at Michigan, making him the same age or older than some players who have already been drafted or are currently sophomores in college, such as Tobias Harris, Harrison Barnes or Jeremy Lamb.
There is some concern that he's been building up his reputation on the AAU circuit by using his adult frame to overpower players much younger and less physically developed than him over the past year. He went from being almost a total unknown at last year's National Prep Showcase to arguably the #1 prospect in high school basketball according to some. If Michigan fans and media members are expecting Kevin Love or Jared Sullinger, they could be disappointed.
While McGary will need to polish up his skill-level and develop his all-around game to continue to produce at the same rate moving forward, there is definitely a huge market for hulking, hard working big men who play the game with a chip on their shoulder. The only question now is how high the expectations will be, and whether he'll be able to live up to them.
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