Last Thursday during Michigan’s game against Eastern Michigan, Mitch McGary logged the best stat line of his career as a Wolverine: the freshman scored 10 points, all in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds in just 18 minutes of playing time.
On Christmas Eve, McGary received an early gift in recognition for his efforts, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
“That was really good for him,” Beilein said. “It’s always good for him right now to have that type of feedback.”
McGary struggled a bit early in the season because of his conditioning, which had suffered due to a foot injury. Now, it appears McGary is on track to log more minutes and further improve.
Beilein said he and the other coaches work with McGary individually to give him the time he needs to get to where they would like him to be this season.
“His conditioning has improved greatly. He’s just like all the rest of our freshmen. There’s a learning curve that’s all different for them. He’s getting...