It’s true, Mitch McGary was just named a preseason All-American. He played unbelievable basketball in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to help guide the Michigan Wolverines to the national title game, but the sophomore big man has yet to deserve such an honor. Sure he’s big, strong and physical, but he hasn’t shown everything for an extended period of time — especially not long enough to be named a first team All-American.
If you only watched the NCAA Tournament last year and didn’t see the big man during the regular season, you might say that he could be one of the best freshmen in the country and a possible top-10 draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft. However, he was anything but that in the regular season.
Prior to the tournament, McGary had just seven games in which he scored over 10 points and just five games in which he grabbed 10 or more rebounds — not exactly star quality numbers.
Becoming the fourth Michigan player to be named AP preseason All-American, McGary has a ton of hype to live up to as he was one of the best high school recruits in the nation when he came to campus one year ago. After averaging 6.2 points and 5.5 rebounds during the regular season, the bulky forward exploded in the tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 10.6 boards per contest.
It might seem like the kid was clutch, earning honors as an All-American because he played well when it counted, but there were guys that played well all season long and even in the tournament, but didn’t receive honors like this six-game wonder did.
Don’t get me wrong, he will be an All-American by his junior year most likely, but it is far too early to name him as such right now.