Is Mitch McGary The Best Center In College Basketball?

By Alex Dale
Bob Donnan- USA TODAY Sports

After a stellar end to his freshman season, Michigan‘s  Mitch McGary has continued his fanfare into the summer. Sporting News recently ranked McGary as the top center in all of college basketball, citing his complete skill package and non-stop effort.

McGary was ranked above fellow rising sophomores Montrezl Harrell of Louisville and Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky.

It is tough to say that McGary is the best center in America, considering that he has such a small sample size of elite play. McGary was not dominant for the entire season last year, and only played really well for the final six games of the season, when he averaged over 14 points and 10 rebounds a game in Michigan’s fantastic NCAA Tournament run. 

McGary had shown the potential to be great all year and really throughout his highly heralded high school career as well, but he never actually produced at that level until the end of his freshman year.

He then turned down the NBA, where he was already being projected  as a potential lottery pick, to return for his sophomore year at Michigan along with fellow star freshman, Glenn Robinson III.

Now the pressure is on McGary to continue his terrific play for a whole year.  He must prove that his end-of-year tear was not just a flash of lightning, but his actual production level.  The praise is already there for McGary as shown by his flattering ranking by Sporting News — now he has to back that up with consistency next season.

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