By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on November 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm
“I am excited about this new opportunity at Michigan, I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t think they could win a national championship.”
That was John Beilein in 2007 on the day he accepted the Michigan job. It sounded optimistic at best for a program that hadn’t made the tournament in nearly a decade and a coach whose reputation was built on Cinderella runs more than conference domination. Four and a half years later his plan appears to be coming together.
His first four years in Ann Arbor were far from perfect. The first season was worse than it should have been as a team with several talented players finished with one of the worst records in Michigan basketball history. The second was encouraging and rejuvenating, breaking a decade long NCAA tournament drought, but that goodwill was wiped away by a deflating and disappointing third season. Things spiraled downward throughout the first half of year four, bottoming on January 22nd with a home loss to Minnesota, but the climb back began with a trip to East Lansing.
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. [click to continue…]