Michigan Basketball: Mitch McGary Can't Lose In Upcoming NBA Draft Decision

By Tyler Fenwick
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As yet another important decision concerning the future of a Michigan Wolverines basketball player draws near, fans and analysts continue to be relatively split down the middle, as opposed to the extreme opinions of those lobbying for or against Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III — both went pro. It’s now Mitch McGary‘s turn to decide whether he’ll lace up again next season in Ann Arbor or if he’ll declare for the NBA Draft and likely be a first round pick. No matter which side he chooses, McGary will come out a winner.

The Argument For Leaving:

McGary is a supremely gifted athlete. Most are projecting the big man to remain at the center position in the NBA, though he’s shown the ability to knock in a 15-footer. Another area in which he excels is passing. Michigan coach John Beilein seemed relatively comfortable with McGary occasionally leading a fast break because he was often able to find an open shooter in the corner. A big who can distribute? Yes, please.

The Argument For Staying:

McGary has only played one full season at Michigan, and that was his freshman year. A huge reason he’s having to make this decision is because of an incredible stretch of games he stringed together in the NCAA Tournament two seasons ago. He spent almost all of last season dealing with a back injury and recovering from the surgery. Long story short: the sample size is fairly small.

What if there isn’t an incorrect decision to be made here, though? There’s a book written by Brad Hirschfield titled “You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right.” That’s exactly what I’m saying. Whether McGary decides to move on or stay, he won’t come up on the losing end of anything.

One factor that won’t be weighed is health. At the Michigan press conference last Tuesday, after Stauskas and Robinson announced their departures, coach Beilein said McGary’s impending NBA decision won’t have anything to do with health. In other words, forget the fact that McGary has been dealing with a back injury that called for surgery in January.

Personally, I’m looking at the recent transfer announcement of Jon Horford as a possible indicator of what is to come. After all, if McGary were to leave the program early, Horford is easily the most experienced center on Michigan’s roster. But that’s for another discussion in itself.

Looking at McGary — what he’s done at Michigan in one full season and a portion of another, and his potential at the next level — there’s no reason to say he would be making the wrong decision by declaring for the NBA Draft. On the other hand, if McGary chooses to stay, improve his game and try to compete for a national title, that wouldn’t be anything near a poor choice either.

Tyler Fenwick is a Big 10 writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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