Mitch McGary, who had an impressive performance throughout the NCAA tournament last year for the Michigan Wolverines, will miss the season opener due to a lower body injury.
According to ESPN,
“He’s improving every day, making great improvements in everything he can do,” coach John Beilein told WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor. “No, he won’t (be available Friday).”
Michigan opens the season Friday night at home against UMass-Lowell.
The 6-foot-10, 265-pound McGary, tabbed a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, has sat out the entire preseason and the timetable for his return is still uncertain. Sources have told ESPN.com that McGary’s health has improved over the past month, but the staff is being cautious in hopes that he won’t miss a significant portion of the season.
It’s unfortunate for Michigan, who already lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA this past offseason. Hopefully McGary can get back on the court soon, as his presence will certainly be missed while he’s not playing.
The team has had to adjust to playing without McGary, and so far, they’ve found some pieces to use.
The Wolverines’ starting lineup in two exhibition games featured veterans Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford up front with Glenn Robinson III at small forward and Nik Staukas weekend.