Recruiting Notebook: The Latest on Mitch McGary

Dylan Burkhardt

964221[1]Duke Hoop Blog interviewed Mitch McGary’s father for a feature story that touches on McGary’s past, the decision to attend prep school, his development, his coaches and the next steps in his recruitment.

The most notable quote from McGary’s father refers to Mitch’s plans to return home and discuss things with his family this weekend:

Recently, reports came out that Mitch was nearing or had made a decision. However, Tim refutes that notion “He hasn’t made a decision. I just talked to him tonight (Monday night) and we talked about it a little bit. He’s coming home Wednesday night and we’re going to sit down and talk about it. They get a four or five day break this weekend so he’s flying in to O’hare and my older son will pick him up. We’ll be able to sit down and sort things out.”

The entire feature is worth a read as it provides insight into McGary’s journey from under the radar Chesterton kid to national recruit.

McGary was also recently profiled by SLAM Magazine and emphasized to’s Jerry Meyer that he has not made any decision ($). With a more local twist, Mike Hutton from the Post Tribune cites a source familiar with the process in predicting that McGary will attend either Michigan or Duke.

Other Notes:

  • Austin Hatch has been attending school events since his return to Fort Wayne. Reports are that Hatch attended a Canterbury tennis match and was also in school on Tuesday after being released from the hospital over the weekend. Michigan commitment Mark Donnal tweets: “Just got a text from my man Austin Hatch…Very inspirational kid, cant wait to get to Michigan with him”
  • 6-foot-7 2014 forward Keita Bates-Diop, a Michigan camper and visitor, recently picked up an offer from Purdue. He’ll visit Illinois and DePaul unofficially this weekend and Illinois Prep Bullseye reports that he could be on the verge of an Illinois offer as well.
  • Tom Crean stopped by to watch Grant Evans earlier this week and the 2014 guard is planning to attend opening practices at Purdue and Indiana this weekend.
  • Michigan is on the long list of schools that are pursuing 2013 Alabama decommit, New Jersey native Jaren Sina (video). Sina is regarded as a top-100 player by all three national scouting services.
  • Tenz

    Hope we can get Jaren Sina he sure can shoot the ball and would fit right into our program

    • storm33

      He plays at a high maturity level; he seems like a Big East-style player, but let’s hope for the best.

  • Mattski

    Scan of interview with Dad suggests it’s Mitch’s decision to make, and that Coach Brumm continues to play a strong role. Looks like we will have a decision soon. 

  • Mark

    I guess….I just don’t feel like he’s coming to UM anymore. I just don’t know why you would be days away from committing to UM and then to back off and declare you’re wide open. I can only assume, somone in his close circle talked him out of UM for some reason.

    hope I am wrong though.

    • JBlair52

      I doubt he just up and changed his mind after such a long road

    • MGoTweeter

      Maybe I missed something, but did McGary ever come out and say he was about to make a decision?  And that the decision would be that he was going to Michigan?  Like I said, maybe I missed it, but most of everything I saw was just people speculating that McGary was close to a decision and predicting that the decision would be for Michigan.  It also have not heard McGary come out and say he is wide open now. 

      I think people just jumped to conclusions based on very little evidence.  We have to remember that he is just a young man and he has a lot of great options open to him.  Hopefully, he eventually decides to go to Michigan. 

      • storm33

        I completely thought the same thing.  A problem in recruiting is that one expert (such as Dave Telep) makes a statement of speculation and people interpret that as some sort of fact.

        In reality, Mitch McGary has kept everything close to the chest and we really don’t know our odds, other than the fact that he has visited Duke, UNC, and Michigan the most.

    • kennyYe

      I don’t think that anything really happened on his part. Just internet rumors went frenzy. 

      • kennyYe

        Unless he is taking more visits, then he might have a different position now compare to 2 weeks ago. 

  • looks like friday or monday press confrence. look hes home now in ind with his mom/dad and you would think he would want his mom/dad at the press confrence so that means he will have a press confrence before he gos back to school. hes having press confrence in ind. im saying friday. hes in ind now

  • and dont be shocked to see him commit to um friday and show up at the first backetball practice this weekend or even the um/msu game with zack novak saturday. just saying

    • and i know the game is in EL. 

    • sane1

      I’ll be shocked. Not gonna happen.

  • well, looks like today is the day he commits to um i said friday or monday. look for a press confrence this afternoon. this is going to great day for um fans

    • Tbow

      What happened?

  • What’s the latest on McGary?