Scouting Video: Mitch McGary vs. New Hampton

Dylan Burkhardt

Mitch McGary had 13 points in Brewster’s 76-42 win over New Hampton on Saturday. The Michigan commitment was one of six Brewster players to reach double figures and helped his to a 27-0 record on the season with a big showdown against Tilton scheduled for this afternoon. Watch scouting footage of McGary in action in the embedded media player below:

Video from New Hampton’s live broadcast stream. Find more scouting notes and thoughts on McGary’s game after the jump. 

  • McGary came off the bench as the sixth man for a very talented Brewster squad. Much has been made about his significant slip in the rankings but while his role is different at Brewster, he doesn’t necessarily look like a different player than the one I saw blow up in Pittsburgh last April.
  • His game is all about size and motor. He has a big body and he plays hard and physical when he’s in the game even if he’s a bit out of control at times.
  • I would say that he looked a step less explosive that he did in the summer – maybe nursing some minor leg injury? – but he still showed above average lateral quickness for a man his size; staying in front of smaller players by moving his feet and jumping in passing lanes.
  • What McGary didn’t show on Saturday was his offensive game away from the basket. On the AAU circuit he almost played a point-forward role at times but that element isn’t present at all within the Brewster offense. However, McGary did have a couple of great outlet passes off of rebounds which led to easy run outs.
  • In this game, McGary set a lot of high screens and did a good job of flashing to the hoop. When he got the ball down low he either converted or got fouled most of the time although his free throw shooting left a bit to be desired.
  • McGary’s ceiling at the next level is going to be defined by his ability to knock down 18 foot jumpers consistently. He didn’t attempt as many shots away from the hoop as we saw in AAU play but his jumper has generally been erratic throughout his career. When he’s hitting that shot, he becomes nearly impossible to defend.
  • McGary isn’t the No. 2 player in the country and his drop was warranted to a degree. That doesn’t mean that Michigan isn’t getting a great player that should make an immediate impact in the Michigan front court. His size and style of play should be a welcome addition to a team that has struggled on both backboards throughout most of Beilein’s tenure.
  • Fred Z in Ann Arbor

    Fair assessment. I agree he doesn’t look like the #2 player in the country, but he does look like a true starting 4 or 5 in the Big Ten, which is fine.

  • serious

    That was a really dangerous foul that McGary drew on that last clip – that should have been a flagrant. There is some real potential for injury when a defender shoves a guy who is elevating for a dunk in the lower back – I’m glad McGary chose the layup option on this play.

  • sane1

    He actually blocked out on the boards a few times, pretty rare among elite players. He needs to slow down and develop some moves with his back to the basket. Bacari will be working with him on that. He’ll get pick and pop chances in our offense. If he can hit those shots, he’ll be tough.

  • Michigan4

    People do not need to worry about Mitch, regardless of where he ends up in the rankings.  His role for UM will be a big body that can rebound and play defense.  He will still be the most talented post player UM has had since Maurice Taylor and Maceo Baston.  With the additions of Trey Robinson and Nik Stauskas, two of the best pure scorers in the country, UM will have plenty of options on the offensive end.  To be a truly elite team, UM needs a difference making big man on the glass and defense, and McGary will be that player.

  • Kokobear
    The article highlights the 10 players most likely to move up in the Rivals150. GRIII cracks the list at #1, where they all but come out and say that he will be a 5* in the new rankings.

  • A2JD

    While I think he has more offensive skills, if Mitch winds up being what Joakim Noah was to Florida, that would be just fine with me.

  • sshow

    It’s so difficult to judge how good a big man like McGary will be. Guards don’t get them the ball and they’re not forced to develop many post moves yet because they’re so much bigger than everyone. I can remember seeing Shane Battier in high school (and other great college players) and they almost never impressed with the exception of Chris Webber.  

  • Titomac

    Don’t worry about Mitch McGary. He will deliver and be a major DROID pleaser

    • Titomac

      Croud pleaser