Michigan’s Mitch McGary continues breakout tournament


Michigan’s Mitch McGary can ride a unicycle. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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:

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):

 

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Eric Detweiler · April 6, 2013