Chad Ford is of the opinion that Mitch McGary could be a first round pick:
McGary’s stock is clearly on the rise. What’s harder to gauge is where exactly to put him in our Top 100. While GMs warn that you can’t put too much stock on the NCAA tournament, McGary’s situation is unique. He didn’t play big minutes, or a starting role on Michigan until the Big Ten Tournament. Now that he’s gotten a major role, you have to evaluate him differently.
McGary clearly has benefitted from the play of point guard Trey Burke. Burke has been awesome at putting McGary in a position to score. Without him, I doubt he’d be putting up these numbers. However, McGary’s motor, toughness and agility are all key indicators of potential NBA success. So is his excellent offensive rebounding percentage that has him ranked seventh in the country.
As Ken Pomeroy wrote on Monday, McGary’s closest statistical comp as a freshman is former Pitt big man DeJuan Blair. Blair would’ve been a lottery pick had he had ACLs....