Looking Back at Michigan’s Top Recruits of the Past 20 Years

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Michigan’s signing of the nation’s No. 2 recruit, Mitch McGary, prompted us to look back at some of Michigan’s top signings over the last 20 years. McGary is among the best of the bunch, but how will his career at Michigan compare to some of those previous highly touted Michigan prospects. Here’s a rundown of Michigan’s top recruits in the last two decades – the underachievers, overachievers and everything in between.

Chris Webber – #1, Class of 1991 – Webber was the #1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school and one of the most dominant prep players of the last 20 years. He was dominant at the college level with the Fab Five, being named an All-American and leading Michigan to back-to-back National Championship appearances. However, his story comes with a catch. There’s the time-out call against North Carolina in 1992 and of course the infamous Ed Martin scandal that scarred Michigan basketball for years. Webber and the Fab Five revolutionized the game as highly regarded prospects should but will be forever tarnished by their legacy.

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Video, Notes & Quotes: John Beilein Previews Wayne State

On Thursday, John Beilein sat down in a roundtable discussion just a day before the Wolverines’ first exhibition game of the season. Here’s video of the interview, along with notes and quotes after the jump.

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The Michigan basketball team met with the media this afternoon to discuss their first exhibition game against Wayne State on Friday at 7 p.m. Hardaway, Novak and Morgan were all available, the later two which you can find after the jump.

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Reaction: What Mitch McGary Means to Michigan

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“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.

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Mitch McGary to Michigan

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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.
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