Mitch McGary

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Mitch McGary
Power Forward
Personal information
Born(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 20)
High schoolChesterton (Fr–Jr)
Brewster (Sr–5th)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight247.5 lb (112 kg)
Career information
CollegeMichigan (2012–13, NLI)
Career highlights and awards
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Mitch McGary
Power Forward
Personal information
Born(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 20)
High schoolChesterton (Fr–Jr)
Brewster (Sr–5th)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight247.5 lb (112 kg)
Career information
CollegeMichigan (2012–13, NLI)
Career highlights and awards

Mitch McGary (born June 6, 1992)[1] is a blue chip high school basketball player from Porter, Indiana,[2] who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play with the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. At the time of the signing, and ranked McGary as the number two player in the United States high school class of 2012, while ranked him as the number three prospect.[3] He was not only the consensus top power forward recruit in the nation,[4] but also the top big man according to most sources at the time.[5] He will be a member of the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. After his signing, however, McGary fell down in the rankings significantly.



Mitch McGary was born on June 6, 1992,[2] and grew up in the Chesterton, Indiana, area. He played in YMCA and AAU basketball leagues as a youth, and his father, Tim, who had never played organized sports, coached him until fourth grade.[6] McGary played on the 2007–08 Chesterton High School junior varsity team as a freshman, while eventual three-time Michigan Wolverines captain Zack Novak was a senior on the varsity team.[7] McGary joined the varsity team the following season and played two years. McGary is afflicted with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He eventually transferred to the Brewster Academy, a prep school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, to repeat his junior year because his parents thought the discipline would be good for him.[4] McGary shoots left-handed.[8]

As late as March 2011, McGary ranked 92nd in the national class of 2012 by[9] During the LeBron James Skills Academy in July, McGary stood out as the best player in attendance.[10][11][12] He was invited to participate in the 5th annual Nike Global Challenge the following month.[13] Due to an ankle injury he did not participate.[14] However, later that month, he participated in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event,[15][16] where he shattered a backboard.[17] His other 2011 summer camps included Pittsburgh Jam Fest, the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp and the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp, where he was the most valuable player.[16] Also in August, ESPN reported that McGary had narrowed his list of schools to six: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Duke University and University of Kentucky.[18] McGary scheduled his official Michigan visit for the beginning of September.[19] McGary completed his official campus visits to University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, and Duke University,[7] in that order, by October 4.[20] However, due to injuries suffered a few weeks earlier while shattering the backboard, he only played pick-up games at Duke.[17][20] He also made an unofficial visit to Florida prior to these official visits.[14]

His reported best friend,[21] Glenn Robinson III, son of Glenn Robinson, had committed to Michigan on September 14, 2010.[22] In a press conference broadcast on ESPNU on November 3, 2011, McGary announced his verbal commitment to Michigan over his other two finalist Florida and Duke.[23][24][25] Within hours of the commitment, ESPN ranked Michigan's recruiting class the fifth best in the nation.[26] After several other schools announced their commitments, Michigan, which had been outside the top 25 at the end of October, ranked the number 7 class in the nation, according to ESPN.[27][28] He waited until November 9 to sign his National Letter of Intent so that his parents, who were still living in Indiana, could be present.[3][5]

McGary is technically eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.[29] Brewster entered the 2012 NEPSAC Class AAA Boys' Basketball Tournament undefeated and ranked number 1 in the nation according to the Five-Star Basketball Rankings published in Sports Illustrated,[30] but lost in the semifinals of the tournament to Northfield Mount Hermon School, who was led by future teammate Spike Albrecht, in overtime on March 2.[31] In the overtime period, McGary missed a game-tying free throw with 17.3 seconds remaining.[32] His Brewster team defeated Massanutten Military Academy[33] and Notre Dame Prep[34] to reach the March 7 championship game in the National Prep Championship against Hargrave Military Academy. Brewster won the National Prep Championship Game.[35][36][37] The 2011–12 Brewster team was reported to have eight future Division I basketball players, including Florida State commit Aaron Thomas, Xavier commit Semaj Christon, NC State commit T. J. Warren, and JaKarr Sampson.[38][39] JaKarr Sampson earned both the 2012 National Prep Championship MVP and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) AAA Player of the Year,[36][40] leaving McGary with a supporting role.

McGary was invited to participate in the four-team All-American Championship along with future teammate Robinson in New Orleans on April 1, 2012.[41] Six days later, McGary represented USA Basketball at the 15th annual Nike Hoops Summit as part of the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team.[42] Following the season, he was named as one of 50 All-Americans in basketball by Parade magazine.[43]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Mitch McGary
Chesterton, INChesterton (IN)/Brewster Academy (NH)6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)247.5 lb (112.3 kg)Nov 03, 2011 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10 (C)   Rivals: 30, 8 (C)  ESPN: 27, 5 (PF), 4 (IN)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



His father is a Chesterton High School alumnus and his mother worked there as the school treasurer.[6]


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  2. ^ a b "Nike Hoop Summit - USA & World Team Rosters". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
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