Michigan freshman Mitch McGary, measuring in at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, has the Wolverines football staff drooling over the possibilities at defensive end and he is currently one of the young men who has UM fans drooling over a possible 2013 NCAA basketball championship.
However, he was not always under such a bright spotlight.
In fact, he only logged more than 30 minutes once throughout Michigan’s entire 33-game regular season, and that was an overtime loss to Wisconsin.
The fact that he has played at least 30 minutes in three of his team’s five NCAA Tournament games (he came in under 30 against South Dakota State and Florida, both blowout Wolverines victories) should thus come as quite the surprise.
Further, after logging a career-high with 14 points in another overtime game, a win over Ohio State, his numbers in the postseason are even more shocking.
And by ‘shocking’ we mean historic:
Mitch McGary has 80 pts and 58 rebounds in tournament history. Only 3 other freshman to have as many -Anthony Davis -Melo -C. Webber
— Charissa Thompson (@CharissaT) April 8, 2013
That is incredibly high company to find oneself a part of. The careers of C-Webb and Melo could both result in a Hall of Fame invite while Anthony Davis dominated his first and only year at Kentucky like few before him.
McGary has one more opportunity to build upon his record-setting Tournament run. Monday night in the Georgia Dome, his Michigan squad takes on top-ranked Louisville for the chance to win the 2013 NCAA national title.
Will this young frosh continue his dominant run?