A few months ago it would have been beyond laughable to suggest that Michigan freshman forward Mitch McGary would enter his name in the NBA draft. He has been extremely inconsistent this whole year and recently began starting only a few months ago. It is amazing though what a good NCAA Tournament can do for a prospect, and McGary has gone nuts these past three weeks. He is putting up monster numbers and is one of the primary reasons why Michigan finds itself in a Final Four match up with Syracuse this weekend. McGary’s stock is on fire, and he might do himself well leaving early when his name is at such a high point among NBA scouts. The Boston Celtics would be interested in him this summer.
A little over a year ago, McGary was considered the number one high school prospect in the country. He wanted to stay in his home state and play for the Indiana Hoosiers, but IU head coach Tom Crean would only take him as a 2011 prospect, not as a 2012 player. McGary ultimately decided to head to prep school and he chose Michigan under head coach John Beilein. He is one of the more unique big man prospects in that he runs the floor like a gazelle and moves so well for a guy his size. He is absolutely huge, standing 6’11 and weighing close to 250 pounds. He needs to improve his right hand more on the offensive end and needs to become a better jump shooting big man. These improvements will only help him once he enters the NBA. He will probably end up returning to school, but if he does enter the draft, there seems like a good chance he would be a first round pick.
Mitch McGary is a new name on the Celtics’ radar this summer, and they will continue to do their homework on him leading up to the June draft.
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