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Mitch McGary

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 250
  • Birthdate: 06/06/1992
  • College: Michigan
Round 1: Pick 21
Drafted By: Oklahoma City Thunder 
Prospect Analysis


  • Physical
  • Excellent rebounder
  • Good hands
  • Competes
  • Mobile
  • Good passer
  • Smart
  • Face-up game



  • Back issues
  • NCAA suspension calls judgment into question


NBA projection: McGary has been projected as a late first round or early second round pick.


2013-14 Season

McGary played in just eight games after undergoing back surgery. Because of his abbreviated season, McGary was planning on returning to school for his junior season. But after he failed an NCAA drug test, he faced a one-year suspension. When hopes for an appeal were dashed, McGary decided to put his name in the NBA Draft.


Key statistics: 9.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.6 tpg, 24.6 mpg, .545 FG, .667 FT


Cool statistic: When McGary earned extensive minutes in the 2013 NCAA tournament (30 or more against VCU, Syracuse and Kansas), he averaged 13.3 rebounds. In limited time (eight games at 24.8 minutes per game) as a sophomore, he averaged 8.3 rebounds, or 13.3 per 40 minutes.


Reminds me of: David Lee


What Insiders Say

Michigan coach John Beilein

"Mitch has had a tremendous impact on our program from the moment he committed to us. He has injected an enthusiasm that cannot be matched. This is why he is loved by the coaching staff, his teammates and Wolverine fans. The progress he has made on and off the court has been outstanding. His willingness to face a personal issue head on and his positive work ethic during his recent injury have helped him to grow in many ways.”

What Outsiders Say

Louisville coach Rick Pitino

"I make the analogy of David Lee. He reminds me of David Lee. Big‑time athlete, David was. David really improved his shooting. Couldn't shoot a lick. He was shooting air balls from the foul line in college. Great runner. Very active. Now he's become a great passer.  Tremendous outlet guy. Great basketball player. Everybody sort of talks about Trey Burke. He has really gotten better to the point where he's one of the premiere guys in the country right now. He's always been hard‑nosed and tough.”


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Michigan's Mitch McGary is slightly undersized to play in the hole on a regular basis. Of course, personnel types said the same about each Plumlee brother, Mason and Miles, and both played well this season for the Nets and Suns, respectively. But neither Plumlee had the off-court baggage that McGary has.


McGary tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA Tournament, even though he was already on the shelf and not playing after missing all but eight games with a back injury. The positive drug test came after Michigan's Sweet 16 win over Tennessee. Even though everyone knew McGary would only be dressing, not playing, he was picked after the game for random testing. It came back positive, and McGary was off to the NBA. More>>



-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch