Former Michigan Wolverines’ big man Mitch McGary has had a rough year.
After helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA title game in 2013, McGary was limited to just eight games this season due to a back injury. He then tested positive for marijuana, which is why he decided to enter the draft rather than returning to school. McGary would have been suspended for the entire season so he really didn’t have much of a choice.
Although his stock likely reached an all-time low after that failed drug test, he still could be a first round pick. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, McGary has a promise from a team in the 20′s.
Mitch McGary was being projected as a fringe first-round prospect entering the pre-draft process, but now a number of executives around the league believe that he has a promise in the 20-30 range.
McGary’s decision to skip the NBA draft combine in Chicago and then refuse to work out for a number of teams seems to indicate that he could have a promise from a team in the first round.
A number of teams have tried very hard to get McGary in for a workout, but his camp isn’t budging, which has talent evaluators around the NBA wondering if he has a promise and is being asked to stay away from other teams.
McGary averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 54.5% from the field and 66.7% from the charity stripe last season. The last time he was measured (at the LeBron James camp in 2013), he came in at 6’10.5 and 266 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’11.5. He is ranked by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express as the 29th-best prospect in the draft and is currently projected to be selected with the 30th-overall selection in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.