Mitch McGary to Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

Photos: The Hoosier Scoop

Exactly two months after his official visit to Ann Arbor, Mitch McGary verbally committed to John Beilein and the University of Michigan during a nationally televised announcement on ESPNU.

“I’d like to bring a National Championship to Michigan next year” – Mitch McGary

McGary, the No. 2 recruit in the nation, joins Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas as the third member of Michigan’s 2012 class. The nation’s best big man measures 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, and chose the Wolverines over Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland.

Rankings & Offers

McGary is a consensus top-3 recruit and is rated as a five star by every major scouting service. He’s regarded as the best big man on all three services. ESPN and Scout have him ranked second overall while ranks him third.

  • ESPN: 5-star, No. 2
  • Scout: 5-star, No. 2
  • Rivals: 5-star, No. 3

McGary settled on a top six of Michigan, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland but he earned offers from nearly every major Division I program. Arizona, Texas, Florida State, Indiana, West Virginia, Connecticut, Kansas, Memphis and Louisville were among the other notable schools involved at one point or another this summer.


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The Story

Mitch McGary’s name first appeared on the Michigan recruiting radar in 2009. McGary, then a member of the 2011 class, was a junior at Chesterton High School and was receiving interest from Michigan and most of the Big Ten. He was well regarded – ranked in several top 100 listings – but at that point in his development, academics were the primary concern.

McGary’s struggles with ADHD have been well documented and it was a 2010 transfer to Brewster Academy that revived his career. Dave Telep quotes McGary’s AAU coach Wayne Brumm in this feature:

“Last June he told me he was going to quit and get a job,” Brumm said. “I knew that wasn’t what he meant. What he meant was that he was tired of being perceived to be dumb. That’s when I knew he had to get out of [Chesterton].”

McGary reclassified to the class of 2012 while improving both his game and his grades as Brewster’s sixth man last season. His improved grades made him a viable option to college coaches once again and his improved play propelled him to the top of almost every school’s recruiting board. file-197[1]

McGary was the fastest riser on the spring and summer AAU circuit. He was one of the most impressive performers at all of the notable All-American camps – the LeBron James and Amare Stoudemire Skills Academies, NBPA Top 100 Camp and Under Armour Best of the Best to name a few – and was equally as impressive in AAU events. McGary and fellow Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III led their SYF Players squad to impressive finishes at numerous AAU tournaments, including a NY2LA Summer Jam Championship, and finished the year ranked 9th on the AAU circuit. When all was said and done, the once forgotten McGary was the country’s best big man.

Throughout much of the summer, there were times when McGary would fail to even mention Michigan when rattling off his lengthy list of suitors. But the Wolverines continued to stick to the plan: following McGary’s every move, working every connection (caption) The Michigan bench celebrates as LB Brandon Herron (58) returns an interception for a long touchdown in the second quarter.  *** The Michigan Wolverines host the Western Michigan Broncos in the season opener at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. This is the debut of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.  Photos taken on Saturday, September 3, 2011. ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News )

from former high school teammate Zack Novak to current AAU teammate and Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III, and putting the full court press on his AAU coach, Wayne Brumm.

The message was received and the Wolverines earned Mitch’s first official visit. McGary followed the visit up with official trips to Duke and North Carolina but the Wolverines were declared the leaders. Duke, Kentucky, Florida, Maryland and North Carolina threw their best foot forward but John Beilein and his staff were able to weather the storm. Consistent trips to watch McGary play in open gyms and a timely in-home visit with his family back home in Chesterton proved to be enough – even after an original decision date was called off a month ago amid reports that McGary’s decision was “totally up in the air”.


Mitch McGary chose Michigan because he wants to make an impact. He doesn’t want to be another piece, he wants to be the centerpiece. He’s easily the most highly regarded recruit that John Beilein has ever landed and, perhaps more importantly, he’s a tremendous fit for John Beilein’s system on both sides of the basketball.

McGary is the sort of recruit that pundits argued Beilein would never land during his tenure in Ann Arbor. He’s a surefire All-American (although he’s ineligible for the McDonald’s game) and a likely one-and-done player. His defense, rebounding, athleticism and energy will make an immediate impact when he steps on campus. His ball skills will serve him well in a Michigan offense that stresses perimeter ability for every player, movement and inside-out play.

2012 Class

Michigan’s class of Mitch McGary (No. 2), Glenn Robinson III (41) and Nick Stauskas (81) is a top 10 class nationally and the second best class in the Big Ten at this juncture.

McGary will fill Michigan’s last remaining scholarship in the class of 2012 when he signs his letter of intent (as soon as next Wednesday, but he mentioned that he wants to sign with his family present). His commitment also means that the majority of Michigan’s 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 rosters are set. He is Michigan’s eighth commitment among the 2011, 2012 and 2013 classes who is ranked in at least one major scouting service’s top 100 ranking.

Look for more on McGary and Michigan basketball recruiting in the hours and days to come.

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  • Grandchamp21


  • anton


  • UMGoBlue

    It’s going to be fun having him on the team for one year before he goes to the NBA!

  • MGoTweeter

    somebody was prepared for this commitment…..  

    Just a little note, you mention Mitch signing next Wednesday, but he said he might not do that as he wants his parents to be there when he signs.  So there is a chance he waits so that they can be together when he actually signs.  

  • South Florida Maize Rage

    Pinch me. This is fantastic.

  • Michman

    Hellllllll Yeahhhhhh!!!!! Michigan Bball is going to be dominate in the big ten once again.

  • GregGoBlue

    Welcome to Michigan, Mitch McGary!! 

  • Grandchamp21
    • Michman

      You beat me to the punch lol

  • Ace_maker4

    I could not be any happier to be wrong on coaches ability to land the prize.

    • Bluebufoon

      Congrats to the staff. Teamwork came through on this recruitment from Coach Beilein, Coach Meyer and Coach Alexander, I knew he could tweet, today he showed he could recruit. Plus it was a huge advantage that we had Zack Novak. Today’s a big day for Michigan basketball. Go Blue !!!

  • Bill

    Hoo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ya dylan, i think its safe to say that your old “momentum post” must be updated. things just keep going right. 

  • Mitch McGary trending on twitter!

    SO excited.

  • Michman
    • Kenny

      wow, Michigan jumped over Indiana!

  • Mattski

    Has become a much more refined player in the last year; wonder how much his game matures over the coming year. He’ll be the age of most college freshmen, right? Anyone got insight about how far players come under these circumstances? Not a finished product, by any means, but would obviously see lots of PT were he at Michigan this year. . . 

  • kainkitizen

    My nerves has become exciting. Congrats to Coach Beilein, Coach Alexandar, Coach Meyer, and Coach Jordan.  It’s going to be fun and the future looks exciting.  Welcome to Michigan, Mitch.  

  • jemblue

    Fantastic!  Welcome aboard Mitch and GO BLUE!

    Congrats to Beilein, and to this site as well for all the hard work you’ve put in following his recruitment!

  • chitownblue

    So how does the lineup fall for next year? Something like:

    1. Burke/Brundidge
    2. Brundidge/Stauskas
    3. Hardaway/Vogrich/GRIII
    4. Smotrycz/Beifeldt
    5. McGary/Morgan/Horford


    • Kenny

      Very very crowded at 3/4/5. Vogrich will play mostly at 2, and Brundidge mostly at 1. Robinson will back up Hardaway at 3 but we may see him and Hardaway on the court together, either Hardaway at 2 or Robinson at 4. 

      McGary probably will float between 4 and 5, say 15-20 minutes 4 and 10-15 minutes 5. Smotrycz will have his 25 minutes at 4. Morgan and Horford will split the 25-30 minutes at 5. 

    • KJay

      1. Burke/Brundidge
      2. Vogrich/Stauskas
      3. Hardaway/GRIII
      4. McGary/Smotrycz/McLimans
      5. Horford or Morgan / Bielfeldt

      You could go big by playing Smot at the 3 and Hardaway at the 2.  I think the senior sharpshooter Vogrich starts at the 2 next year to give the team some balanced shooting. 

  • ForzaBLUE

    Mitchigan…ME GUSTA!

  • Kenny

    Dylan, I bet you had this piece all written two days ago.

    Congratulations to Coach Beilein and his staff. Job well done and now they can focus on the new season. 

  • Stasselin

    Any possibility he stays more than 1 year, like Chris Webber did? (Without doing what Chris Webber did).

    • Will

      it sounds like he wants to win a title, so if they get close like Webber did, it could happen.  It seems to be the trend right now because of the lockout, so if the guys who came back for year two benefit draft wise from it, it might turn into the two and done

      • Stasselin

        I hope you are right Will

    • WD

      Read, take Notes, unless Mitch comes in and goes absolutely Nuts on the
      court, by this I mean stupid numbers like 17 pts and 10 reb!!! you have
      no reason to think he will be one and done. Do you realize how deep next
      years Draft is gonna be with all the players who decided to return to
      college to avoid the lockout??

      • Guest

        ’12 draft class is supposed to be really deep, but ’13 draft will normalize just like the previous draft classes(except for ’11 draft class which is very weak).  McGary is projected as a top 3 pick in ’13 draft as well as THJ as a lottery pick for ’13 draft.

        • WD

          I guess you’re right, but He’ll still have to put up the ridiculous numbers and play like Blake Griffin in my Opinion.

  • GymRat

    Wow, great get for the Wolverines.  It will be interesting to see how he integrates into Beilein’s system, or if JB changes his scheme a bit to accommodate MM’s interior presence. 

  • Charlesbender9

    Michigan basketball is back. Yes

  • CoryR


  • P-nickel

    Congratulations to Coach Beliein and his staff for their work, great job!!!