The pipeline from Chesterton to Ann Arbor keeps flowing.
First it was
Zack Novak. Then it was Kyle Whitaker. Now, it’s Mitch McGary.
“I’m going to
Michigan,” McGary said Wednesday night via phone. “I’m going to be a
6-foot-10, 250-pound forward, had his choices down to three after an
exhausting recruiting process that included Michigan, Duke and Florida.
talked it over with my parents and the other school’s were great, but I felt
like Michigan was the place for me,” McGary said. “I felt the most
comfortable there. I trusted Coach Beilein and his staff the most.”
Duke and Florida
are top flight programs with high expectations every year, while Michigan is
a pre-season top 25 team, the Wolverines are still on the way up according
“Mostly I want
to help build a team up and those teams are already winning 30+ games a
year,” McGary said. “Michigan is top 25 this year, but I want to be a factor
in helping achieve things. Michigan may not be a national contender right
now, but I want to make an impact my freshman year and put them at that top
his first three seasons at Chesterton, the nation’s top-ranked power forward
moved East to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Chesterton and being there,” McGary said. “I just needed to get away and
grow up a little bit and Brewster gave me that chance. There were too many
distractions for me. It’s a little bit hard to believe. I didn’t really
“It’s hard work
and dedication to the game I love.”
The obvious tie
to Chesterton in Ann Arbor is Novak. The former Trojan was McGary’s host on
his official visit.
“Zack wasn’t a
key, but it’s something and he’s certainly involved,” McGary said. “He was
straight-up with me. We’ve grown to be pretty good friends. He didn’t really
talk about the recruiting process, just as a friend. I really appreciate
just what it’s like to be a student-athlete when I was there.”
McGary will also
get to play alongside Lake Central senior Glenn Robinson III at Michigan.
“Glenn and I
have always been really good friends through AAU,” McGary said. “I can’t
wait to play with people I know and I got some chemistry playing with
everybody just being there on the recruiting trip.”
McGary still has
one more potential obstacle before he sets foot on campus in Ann Arbor next
year -- the NBA.
about the NBA,” McGary said. “I’m eligible, but people tell me college is
the best four years of your life. I want to go to college.”
starts on Monday when Brewster Academy takes on CJEOTO (Central Jersey Each
One Teach One) Academy.
“There is a lot
of stress off my shoulders now,” McGary said. “I can just play. I have no
“White Chocolate” is playing his way home to the Midwest through the east
coast, he hasn’t forgotten his hometown.
“I want to thank
everybody from Chesterton and all the people that have supported me over the
years,” McGary said. “The coaches, the faculty, the administration at CHS.
All my friends, teammates and people that cheered for me. I want to thank
everybody for being a big part of getting me to this point.”