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Announcement for McGary, Robinson III
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 18, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
Michigan basketball’s immediate future will be clarified this afternoon.
Michigan called a news conference to announce the future plans of freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III at 4:30 p.m.
Both are considered high-level NBA prospects, with Robinson No. 13 and McGary No. 14 on ESPN.com draft analyst Chad Ford’s “big board.”
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com cited unnamed sources today as saying that the pair will stay in school.
Considering how close Robinson and McGary are, their AAU coach, Wayne Brumm, suggested earlier this week that their decisions may be tied together.
After Michigan lost sophomore point guard Trey Burke and junior Tim Hardaway Jr. to the draft in the past week, the Wolverines may need some stability to remain nationally relevant next year. Losing four of five starters could be crushing for their 2013-14 prospects, even coming off an appearance in the national championship game.
Bringing back McGary and Robinson, at positions with little depth, would keep U-M as a top-10 team.
McGary is the critical piece because there are few, if any, players in the country who can play the center spot as he does. He spent much of the season as a backup, providing rebounding and energy, until starter Jordan Morgan got hurt.
Playing more minutes woke him up to improving his body, and he showed his elite potential in the NCAA tournament’s first five games, scoring in double figures each time and reaching 12 rebounds three times.
That vaulted him from nowhere to the middle of the first round in some NBA draft prognostications. A big man who has energy and can run, score and rebound is a rare commodity in college basketball.
Speculation was that McGary might leave now because of his advanced age. Having been delayed a year in school and then going to prep school, he would be 21 by the June 27 draft. But even during the week before the Final Four, he told mlive.com he was “100%” staying, presumably because he hadn’t given it much thought.
Since then, he has been noncommittal.
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