“We are very optimistic about him having a complete season — I mean of him being able to play and do everything,” Beilein said Friday morning. “We’re just being very cautious right now to make sure that he can have a complete season. We’re being very patient, probably way over cautious, but this is the time to do that.”
Asked if playing “a complete season” means McGary will be available for the Nov. 8 regular-season opener against UMass-Lowell, Beilein said, “Close, close, but we will not rush this in any way. That’s our hope right now. We’re optimistic. I’m optimistic, he’s optimistic, that this setback he’s had will be in the rearview mirror very quickly, but when he’s ready, he has to be ready.”
Beilein added that McGary is currently “very limited in what he can do” in practice. The coach said he could not expand on the specifics of the injury other than it being a lower back condition.