Mitch McGary is a brick wall. He’s probably strong enough to run through one, too. And the true freshman just bulldozed VCU.
A highly touted recruit out of Brewster Academy thanks to his relentless energy and high motor — being a pretty skilled post player also helped — McGary overcame a detrimental learning disorder in high school to become the NCAA tournament’s latest breakout player. He shot 6 for 9 from the field in the first round against South Dakota State, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds after overtaking junior Jordan Morgan in the starting lineup.
Saturday afternoon against VCU, McGary accelerated to another level. He was all over the floor, sparking fast breaks with his defense and freeing teammates with crushing screens. He finished with 21 points, a game and career high. He entered this game averaging 6.4 points per game, with just eight double-figure outings. His 10-for-11 shooting was obviously a career-best, too.
Here’s a sampling of the national reactions inspired by McGary:
I am convinced after watching McGary for a few years now that he can actually run through a door. Like right through it. Without stopping.
— N.D. Kendrick (@NDkendrick) March 23, 2013
Mitch Mcgary. A defensive end playing basketball. Making the difference today for Michigan. — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 23, 2013
Shaka Smart apparently got to Trey Burke’s water bottle at halftime. Savvy. But he had nothing potent enough to tranquilize McGary. — Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 23, 2013
Mitch McGary is flat-out dominating VCU this game. More importantly, he brings energy and intensity to the court for Michigan.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 23, 2013
Mitch McGary’s breakout game couldn’t have come at a worse time for #VCU. He is simply dominant. 49-33 Michigan. 1503 to go.
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) March 23, 2013
Mitch McGary the antidote to havoc.
— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 23, 2013
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