For the second consecutive season, Michigan loses the Big Ten Player of the Year. However, the Wolverines return a talented core and a do-everything star in Caris LeVert.
Mitch McGary has not had a good year. First, he missed most of the 2013-14 college basketball season thanks to a bad back. Now, he has to enter the draft because he tested positive for marijuana. According to USA Today Sports, he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft. He is not ready for the leap, though.
The Michigan Wolverines could have really used McGary on the team in the upcoming season. McGary could have used another season in a Michigan uniform. McGary is without a doubt one of the best players in the draft, but his stock has gone way down and his character is probably in question now.
Another good season for the Wolverines could have gotten McGary back into the lottery and probably into the top 10.
Talent wise, I think McGary is ready for the NBA right now. He has all of the talent in the world. He did average 14.3 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game in the 2013 NCAA tournament. However, his stock is not ready for the NBA and who knows if his back will give him problems once he hits the court again. Playing another season at the college level would have solved both of those problems.
I understand why McGary would want to bolt for the draft. Who wants to sit out a year.
Whether the case, I wish the 6-foot-10, 255 pound forward the best of luck. He truly is a great player and has the talent to succeed at the next level. Another year in college hoops would have been perfect for him, though.
After a stellar performance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Mitch McGary was looked at as a mid-first round draft pick, but decided to come back for his sophomore year. Well, after a back injury and a year off from playing, the soon-to-be-junior Michigan Wolverines star decided that leaving for the NBA draft was his best decision.
Why did he decide this after playing just a handful of games in 2013-14? According to reports, he was facing a year-long suspension due to a failed drug test — many believe he tested positive for marijuana.
In McGary’s case, he figured that he should take the money and not have to worry about the suspension that was looming. While it may have seemed smart to avoid yet another year off from basketball, the Michigan star isn’t anywhere near NBA-ready.
While he had a great NCAA Tournament performance a year ago, he’s far from ready to take the next step and succeed. He averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in just a handful of games this year, and didn’t really prove much to solidify an NBA future.
After testing positive for this drug test, many NBA teams might be scared away from drafting the big man. Not saying that no one in the NBA smokes marijuana, but this isn’t the type of impression you want to make on future employers if you want to be hired.
Marijuana isn’t the most serious thing out there, but McGary made a very rash decision on an NBA future just because he didn’t want to face suspension.
Poor move from the Michigan big man.
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