It’s official. Mitch McGary is a Michigan Wolverine. McGary signed his letter of intent this morning and John Beilein released this statement on McGary’s commitment:

“Mitch possesses a unique blend of size and skill with a motor to run, rebound and compete, which will serve him well at this level of college basketball,” said Beilein. “He initiates contact inside while being very comfortable on the perimeter with the ball. Mitch loves the University of Michigan and loves playing basketball and will bring energy and enthusiasm to our team.”

Signing Day Central: Class of 2012

The early signing period for the 2012 recruiting class begins today and all three of Michigan’s commitments are expected to sign their letters of intent this week. As reported yesterday, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III plan to sign their letters of intent on today while Nick Stauskas will sign his letter on Friday during a ceremony at his school.

For casual recruiting followers or savvy fans that want to relivethe past, we put together signing day capsules – with basic information and a run-down of all our previous scouting reports, videos and interviews – for all three of Michigan’s 2012 commitments. You can find the capsules after the jump.

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John Gasaway’s College Basketball Prospectus Preview has always been my favorite preseason college basketball publication, even before he allowed me to contribute. Gasaway allowed me the honor of writing the Big Ten preview in this year’s edition. Hopefully that’s reason for you to buy it, but if not the other 16 writers featured in the book are probably better. The digital version is on sale now for $9.99 and the print version will be coming to Amazon shortly.

McGary, Robinson and Stauskas Plan to Sign LOIs this Week

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The NCAA Early Signing Period begins on Wednesday and all three of Michigan’s 2012 verbal commitments plan to make things official and sign letters of intent this week. Glenn Robinson III reported today that he plans to sign his letter of intent at his high school tomorrow. Nick Stauskas plans to wait until Friday to sign his letter of intent.

Per a report from Dave TelepMitch McGary is going to make things official on Wednesday. McGary originally noted that he might not sign a letter of intent during his nationally televised announcement.

Michigan’s 2012 class is ranked among the top ten classes nationally and is one of the top two 2012 classes in the Big Ten.

2011-12 Player Preview: Trey Burke

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John Beilein might run a two guard offense originally designed to minimize the importance of a point guard but last season showed what a luxury a great point guard can be to any team. Darius Morris was the sort of guard that could make something out of nothing, manufacture a basket and made all of his teammates better.

Trey Burke’s career trajectory was accelerated in June when Darius Morris opted to keep his name in the NBA Draft. Now, the 5-foot-11, 180 pound guard is the only natural point guard on the Michigan roster and will be thrust into the limelight from day one. While he certainly would have enjoyed playing with Morris, I don’t think there’s any question that Burke is relishing the opportunity to fight for a starting position this season. Here’s a look at some of the major reasons why Burke could excel and conversely why he might struggle as a freshman.

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Austin_Hatch[1]The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette discusses Austin Hatch’s status for the upcoming season:

Hatch, who led the team with 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds a year ago, returned to Fort Wayne in early October after spending about three months in a hospital in Traverse City, Mich. He is back at Canterbury with a limited class schedule.

Dressed in his Canterbury blue polo shirt and khaki shorts, second-year coach Dan Kline put the players through their paces, with the goal of getting ready for the season opener Nov. 22 at home against Central Noble. In an honest, matter-of-fact way, Kline said he has no idea whether Hatch will return to the Cavaliers.

“It is unknown right now,” he said. “We are just preparing for the season. I don’t really know how to plan for something like this, but we are moving forward and carrying on.”

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