Mitch McGary measured in at the Nike Skills Academy in New Jersey yesterday at 6-foot-10 (with shoes) and 266 pounds (without shoes). McGary also measured with a 6-foot-11.5 wing span. Much was made of Mitch McGary’s weight during his breakout NCAA tournament (he lost 20 pounds during the season) and I think it’s safe to say that 266 pounds isn’t quite his ideal playing weight.
Some other notable Michigan targets at the high school level also measured in. Kameron Chatman checked in at 6-foot-6.5 inches tall, 197 pounds with a 6-foot-9.5 inch wing span. 2015 prospects Elijah Thomas (6-foot-8, 270lbs, 7-foot-1 wing span) and Isaiah Briscoe (6-foot-3.5, 214 pounds, 6-foot-8.5 wing span) also measured in.
Adam Finkelstein writes that Michigan has recruiting momentum heading into the class of 2014: “When John Beilein first arrived at Michigan from West Virginia, many wondered if his system-oriented offense would make it difficult to recruit at the highest level. Now entering his seventh year with the Wolverines, Beilein has shown an ability to adapt his system to the talents of his players while still staying true to his beliefs as a coach. The end result has been three straight NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to this past season’s national championship game. During the same three-year span, Beilein has brought in eight ESPN 100 prospects.”
Trey Burke gets some New York Times and Columbus Dispatch pub: There are always going to be critics out there saying you can’t do certain things,” Burke said. “I try not to pay attention to it and just continue to try to prove them wrong. I proved them wrong going into college. I know I can do the same going into the NBA.”
Stephen Zimmerman continued to dominate the west coast last weekend and Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State have all jumped in with others in the last two weeks. “Zimmerman is the most skilled hybrid big man in the country, regardless of class. The lefty can knock in jump shots, drop off nifty dimes or attack his defender from the elbow. He runs with a relentless passion in transition and due to his magnetic hands and skill, he can finish with either hand. Much like top-15 rising senior Stanley Johnson, Zimmerman plays hard no matter the level of competition–and he plays with assassin-like intentions.”