Mitch McGary injured in collision with basket support, will undergo tests


Michigan 70, Arizona 72-27After Michigan’s 68-65 win over Stanford in Brooklyn Saturday night, Michigan coach John Beilein shed some light on the nature of Mitch McGary’s injury. Michigan’s All-American big man was forced to watch the game in street clothes because of various ailments.

Beilein said that he met with McGary before practice on Friday, and decided the big man was in too much pain to play.

“We met before practice and he’s just still in a lot of pain in a couple of different areas,” Beilein said during his post-game press conference following his team’s win over the Cardinal. “He had a big collision in practice last week, and it kept taking its toll, taking its toll. He’s got a lot of various (injuries) that are bothering him right now, so we just said, ‘let’s sit it out then.’ We’ll meet with some doctors tomorrow and see what we can do.”

The coach made it clear McGary’s “collision” didn’t result in any concussion-like symptoms. Rather, his whole body has been physically sore for about a week following the collision and the coaches aren’t sure what’s causing the soreness.

“He ran hard into — his whole body’s sore. I mean, you know how big that man is?” Beilein said. “He ran into the basket and went right down. And then got up and ran back down the court, but the next couple days he was really sore. We don’t know what’s causing the soreness, but he’s banged up, head to toe.”

McGary is set to undergo tests in an attempt to figure out the root of the problem. Michigan has scheduled him to be examined over the next few days, after which point the coaching staff will know more about the extent of the injury. Beilein did not elaborate on the specific nature of the tests McGary will undergo.

“We’re going to give him some tests and see if anything, whether it’s the back, from before, whatever it is that’s causing the different discomfort he’s got all over the place,” Beilein said. “We’ll look through that. Tomorrow and ongoing, we’ve got something scheduled, so we’ll just work on that.”

  • Kam

    Sadly, his stock is really hurting *pun intended*… Bigs with back problems and nagging injuries is bad news long term combine that with the fact he’s old(NBA Teams want young guys without crazy upside) and hasnt dominated this year like some expected(possibly due to injuries) is really hurting his stock.. I feel bad because he always plays soooo hard!

    • michael

      This injury is suspicious to me. Look at Beilein’s facial expressions and body language and the way in which he tries to address the collision as fast as possible and then move in. Something just doesn’t add up.

      • Mattski

        I think they’re always going to be a little bit circumspect in order to protect Mitch; probably not a bad thing, even if it frustrates us.

  • A2JD

    With the draft being so loaded this year and Mitch missing a lot of games, maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing for all parties if he came back for his Junior year?

    • Fab 5 Legends

      Mitch & GR3 would benefit from another year…there stock has dropped so much form lottery that only another deep ncaa tourney run could put them back to where they once were in pro level