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:






VCU no match for Michigan

Florida Gulf Coast stuns Georgetown | Hoyas look for answers

Wife of Florida Gulf Coast coach was a supermodel | Welcome to Dunk City, Fla.

Somebody’s perfect: It’s the Atlantic 10

La Salle upsets Kansas State. Bill Snyder does some emotional eating.

Jim Larranaga and Bob Thomason, 63 years young, square off | Boeheim sticks around

Marshall Henderson: Love him or hate him? | He passes!

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