Brewster Academy postgraduate Mitch McGary announced today his intent to join the University of Michigan men’s basketball team next season.
“I felt like Michigan was the overall best fit for me. I trusted the coaches the most. The program is in the rebuilding stage, and I would like to make an impact my first year and hopefully build the program back up,” McGary said.
The top ranked power forward in the country made his announcement on ESPN today.
“When I visited I felt very comfortable being on campus. There was a good balance of athletics and academics. I feel like they have good opportunities for me there. I want to go in there and hopefully be a very good person around campus and the community and make a name for myself and help the basketball team.”
“Over the past year Mitch has improved his all-around game both on the interior, as well as the perimeter. He possesses a tremendous motor and is extremely coachable,” said Brewster head coach Jason Smith. He's a valued member of our school community at Brewster and will bring the same high-character and involvement to the University of Michigan.”
McGary came to Brewster a year ago from Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana, and says he’s grateful for all the opportunities Brewster has provided. He plans to study finance at Michigan.
“I originally came here for academics,” McGary said. “Brewster has helped me focus, face adversity, and push through with struggles in the classroom and on and off the court. Also, I’m more responsible being out on my own and having to make more of my own decisions and not rely on my parents as much.”
With his college selection and announcement behind him, McGary says he just wants to focus on the upcoming season, which begins on Monday when the Bobcats host CJEOTO Academy. “I know we are going to have a huge target on our backs, and we are going to have to work our tails off. We are going to be everyone’s Super Bowl game,” he said.
“I’m most definitely ready for the challenge,” McGary added. “I would like to be the leader of the Brewster team and hopefully have a great season and win the national championship. I think we have a very good chance of doing that.”
At Michigan, McGary looks forward to playing with former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teammate Max Bielfeldt, currently a freshman, as well as another AAU teammate who will join the Wolverines next season.
In addition to Michigan, Duke University and the University of Florida were his top choices.
Follow McGary on his blog on ESPN or on Twitter @MitchMcGary33.