Late May and early June represents a time when top NBA Draft prospects can improve their stock by performing well in individual workouts for NBA teams. However, former Michigan standout Mitch McGary has yet to begin his tour around the league as a result of injury issues, and there is now a report that he will ramp things up in the next seven to ten days.
Brendan Quinn of MLive.com brings the latest on McGary’s progress:
According to McGary’s agent, Priority Sports & Entertainment founder Mark Bartelstein, the former Michigan standout is seven-to-10 days away from visiting individual NBA teams and undergoing a physical examination.
“He’s progressing, he’s coming along,” Bartelstein said Monday. “We’re just building up to that point where hopefully in the near future he’s going to be able to get out there and start visiting teams.”
“He’s finishing up his rehab and strengthening himself and doing well with that, but we haven’t turned him loose yet,” Bartelstein said, later adding, “When you’re coming off a surgery like that, what you don’t want to do is put yourself out there, in term of contact and physical play, until you’ve got your core where it needs to be and get everything strengthened properly. “
McGary missed the great majority of Michigan’s season as a result of back surgery, and as a result, his stock has dropped from potential lottery pick to possible second-rounder. In the latest mock draft from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, McGary was pegged as the 26th overall selection to the Chicago Bulls, while Draft Express currently sends the versatile big man to the San Antonio Spurs with the 30th pick.
The final medical reports will be critical to McGary’s chances at rising up the draft, but if he passes with flying colors, scouts and teams will likely begin to remember his impressive on-court play.