April 25, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Friday, April 25) that sophomore Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) will forgo his final two years of eligibility and submit the necessary paperwork to declare for early entry into the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.
"Mitch has had a tremendous impact on our program from the moment he committed to us," said Beilein. "He has injected an enthusiasm that cannot be matched. This is why he is loved by the coaching staff, his teammates and Wolverine fans. The progress he has made on and off the court has been outstanding. His willingness to face a personal issue head on and his positive work ethic during his recent injury have helped him to grow in many ways. We know that he will put all of his energy and effort toward achieving his goals. We will continue to assist and support Mitch as he pursues a career in the NBA."
"My family and I want to thank everyone for giving us privacy and the time to make this decision," said McGary. "As you know, it was important for us to weigh all the factors that go into something like this. With that being said, I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA Draft.
"Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made. I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA Tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four. I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration. Despite all of this they have been understanding and helpful over the last couple of weeks.
"I take full responsibility for this poor choice and want to apologize to everyone, especially those I have grown close to during my fabulous two years at the University of Michigan.
"I love the University of Michigan and all it has allowed me to do. I have had my ups and downs, especially with my injury this season. I want to thank all the fans for embracing me. This has been the best two years of my life and I have some unbelievable memories. I know that I will be a Wolverine forever. Go Blue."
McGary helped U-M go 59-17 overall and 27-9 in Big Ten Conference play over the past two seasons. He was instrumental in U-M's return to the Final Four in 2013, when the Wolverines advanced to the national title game against Louisville. This past season, he helped Michigan win its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years, earn its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and advance to the title game for the first time since 1998, as well as a second straight trip to the NCAA's Elite Eight.
The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at the Barclays Center in New York, N.Y. It will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Mitch McGary | Michigan Career Facts
2014 Preseason All-America Associated Press, USA Today and Sporting News (first team); Blue Ribbon College Basketball and Athlon Sports (second team)
2014 Preseason All-Big Ten
2013 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team
2013 NCAA Tournament All-South Regional Team
Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Seven career double-doubles
Michigan Early Entries to the NBA Draft
Campy Russell, Jr. (1974) -- Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 8th pick)
Tim McCormick, Sr. (1984) -- Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 12th pick), traded to Washington Bullets
Eric Turner, Jr. (1984) -- Detroit Pistons (2nd, 32nd pick)
Sean Higgins, Jr. (1990) -- San Antonio Spurs (2nd, 54th pick)
Chris Webber*, So. (1993) -- Orlando Magic (1st, 1st pick), traded to Golden State Warriors
Juwan Howard, Jr. (1994) -- Washington Bullets (1st, 5th pick)
Jalen Rose, Jr. (1994) -- Denver Nuggets (1st, 13th pick)
Maurice Taylor*, Jr. (1997) -- Los Angeles Clippers (1st, 14th pick)
Robert Traylor*, Jr. (1998) -- Dallas Mavericks (1st, 6th pick), traded Milwaukee Bucks
Jamal Crawford, Fr. (2000) -- Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 8th pick), traded to Chicago Bulls
Manny Harris, Jr. (2010) -- Undrafted
Darius Morris, So. (2011) -- Los Angeles Lakers (2nd, 41st pick)
Trey Burke, So. (2013) -- Minnesota Timberwolves (1st, 9th pick), traded to Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr. (2013) -- New York Knicks (1st, 24th pick)
Glenn Robinson III, So. (2014)
Nik Stauskas, So. (2014)
Mitch McGary, So. (2014)
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