On the heels of a NCAA Championship game appearance, the Michigan Wolverines are looking to make a bigger statement this season. However, so far, that statement isn’t quite as big as they want it to be. With the season’s start just weeks away, the Wolverines are still uncertain about the status of big man Mitch McGary.
Head coach John Beilein has said that McGary has been “limited” due to a lower back injury. According to the Associated Press,
“We’re super-cautious. He’s been doing these underwater treadmill workouts that are really productive. I know I couldn’t do some of those,” Beilein said Thursday. “If he keeps making this progress, day after day — it’s still day to day — one of these days he’s going to have to get out there and see what he can do.”
The Wolverines could use McGary as soon as possible, as he was an important factor for Michigan last season.
The 6-foot-10 McGary averaged 7.5 points per game last season as a freshman, but in the NCAA tournament he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, helping the Wolverines reach the national championship game, which they lost to Louisville.
It’s obviously going to be harder for Big Blue to repeat their success in the NCAA Tournament, because they lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA. However, as long as McGary plays on the court, Michigan still has a good chance to make it far this season.