Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) reacts in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four against the Syracuse Orange at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines C Mitch McGary could 'play now'

Michigan Wolverines center Mitch McGary was one of the big stories of the NCAA tournament last year. The 6’10, 255 lb. freshman averaged 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game last season, helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA championship game.

McGary raised his game during the tournament, scoring 13, 21, 25, 11, 10 and six points in his six tournament games, which included three double-doubles. In total, he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

With point guard Trey Burke, who was named the country’s best player last season, winning the Naismith Award, off to the NBA, McGary is expected to take on a much bigger role in the offense.

However, the big man, who shot an excellent 59.8% from the field, has suffered from what the school calls a “lower back condition.”

McGary feels like he could play right now and no one within the Wolverines’ basketball program seems overly concerned.

“We’re just being cautious,” McGary told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. “I’m hoping to get back on the court in the next couple of weeks, but we’re not rushing anything.”

McGary still has time to get healthy. The Wolverines don’t kick off their season until November 8 when they host the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks.

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