Michigan freshman Mitch McGary no longer eats greasy burgers, but he can ride a unicycle. Both of these stories are now media fodder because the 6-foot-10 freshman is among this NCAA tournament’s breakout stars.
Even sharing the spotlight with national player of the year Trey Burke, McGary has earned the attention. The Indiana native entered Saturday’s national semifinal averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in four tournament victories, and he’s on his way to another gaudy stat line against Syracuse.
At the break, McGary has six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks, and the Wolverines lead the Orange, 36-25. The winner of this game gets Louisville in Monday’s final.
First, McGary came up with this block, denying James Southerland’s layup try:
Then, he showed he can get out in transition with this athletic feed to Tim Hardaway Jr.:
Plays like that have drawn rave reviews such as these:
No disrespect to Trey Burke, who is UM’s best player, but Mitch McGary is the difference-maker. Gave U of M a new identity.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 7, 2013
And drawn speculation about his future with a possible quick jump to the NBA (For his part, McGary says he’ll evaluate his options after the season):
Mitch McGary finally broke me – I just googled “last American white guy first pick overall NBA Draft” (ps: Kent Benson, 1977).
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 7, 2013
If Mitch McGary likes money, he should enter this draft. NBA execs will be giving it away. Like that Lil’ Bow Wow movie, “Lottery Ticket.”
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) April 7, 2013
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