Mitch McGary: Strong Performance Will Make It Hard for Freshman to Snub NBA

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 7, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines dunks against Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange in the second half during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Georgia Dome on April 6, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Mitch McGary has indicated he will return to Michigan for his sophomore season, per Kyle Meinke of, but after another double-double performance in the team's 61-56 win in the national semifinal, his decision is getting tougher and tougher.

Going into Monday's championship game, McGary is averaging 16 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in the tournament. His 10-point, 12-rebound performance against Syracuse on Saturday night was his third double-double of the tournament.

His energy, athleticism and size has caught the attention of draft prognosticators, and surely, the eye of NBA scouts. has McGary listed as a first-rounder on their latest mock draft. I can only imagine what will happen if McGary shines in the championship game against Gorgui Dieng and the Louisville Cardinals.

Big men who can run the floor like McGary and play with energy and emotion are always valuable.

There is no doubt he could benefit from returning to school for the 2013-14 season, though. He'll likely be the focal point as Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all likely to move on to the NBA.

McGary would become one of the focal points of Michigan's offense.

That said, it is difficult to turn down the millions of dollars you're promised as a first-round draft pick. It's easy to say you're returning before you start hearing people you trust tell you you're a top-15 or top-20 selection.

We won't know for sure until the tournament is over and see what Michigan's final accomplishments will be. But I'm betting if McGary's stock rises in the late lottery, he bolts for the NBA.

Who could blame him?


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