By: Joe Hawley, Michigan contributor
For the Michigan Wolverines, player development has been the name of the game for John Beilein in his recruiting. Success has not been defined by the number of “five-star” recruits, or how high in the rankings a player may be. Coach Beilein looks for guys that, in his opinion, fit into his system. From there, he can coach them into being better players (see Tim Hardaway Jr., Darius Morris). Michigan has not had any five star high school talent since Beilein has taken the reigns, but has made up for a lack of big name recruiting success by coaching up the talent actually on the roster.
Enter Mitch McGary – Michigan has been recruiting the 6’10” big man from Indiana for well over a year, even when he was not on the radar of the nation’s elite. He was a guy that was flirting with the top 100 and had shown some flashes, but needed some work in order to be considered a high-caliber player. Fast forward to today, with an additional year of prep school and a reclassification from 2011 to 2012, and McGary is regarded by nearly every single media outlet as one of the top 5 prospects in the country, and in some cases, the best low post recruit in America in his class. (He also broke a backboard on Venice Beach this past weekend…) (more…)