images[1]Mitch McGary’s final ESPN blog before his Thursday decision was posted this morning. McGary will announce his choice between Duke, Florida and Michigan Thursday evening at 5 p.m on ESPNU. Here’s what McGary had to say on Michigan:

What I really like about Michigan is its coaching staff, especially Bacari Alexander. He’s probably one of the most underrated coaches in the country. He really knows what he’s doing with the big men.

I just like that I can trust the coaches there, and I actually like that they’re not on the biggest stage yet. That gives me the opportunity to go there and make a huge impact from day one.

A con for Michigan is that the Big Ten has a reputation for being a slow paced conference with slow big men who don’t really get out and run the floor at all. That’s not the way that I want to play so I’ve definitely got to take that into consideration. I know that if I went there it would help change the perceptions a lot.

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2011-12 Player Preview: Evan Smotrycz

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Evan Smotrycz isn’t the best player on the Michigan roster. He’s not replacing the best player on last year’s roster. He’s not even the best shooter or rebounder on the team. Despite all of that, Smotrycz just might be the most important piece of the puzzle for John Beilein’s squad.

Smotrycz had an up-and-down freshman campaign but when he played well, Michigan played well. The Wolverines were 7-2 when Smotrycz reached double figures and those two losses were to Duke by two points and Ohio State by four points. The Wolverines were capable of winning games without Smotrycz but when the combo forward was hitting shots he added that ever necessary peripheral scorer to supplement their more consistent primary options.

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Michigan’s basketball coaches and staff moved into the Player Development Center last week but the players received their first official tour on Monday evening.  Click through to see the entire photo gallery on the Michigan Basketball Facebook Fan Page.

Report: Mitch McGary to Announce College Decision on Thursday

mitch_mcgary[1]The Mitch McGary recruitment is finally reaching an end. Scout.com’s Brian Snow first reported ($) that plans have been made for McGary to announce his college decision on Thursday. Adam Zagoria reached Mitch’s father who confirmed that the announcement would be televised by ESPN’s family of networks.

ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation program is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening.

McGary will decide between his final three schools of Duke, Florida and Michigan. The Wolverines have been considered the front runner for McGary’s services for the greater portion of the last month – a sentiment that’s been echoed nationally and locally. However, nothing is ever final in recruiting until the ink is dry on the letter of intent and some of the best recruiters and schools are still in the picture.

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