Mitch McGary's high energy, large personality has him off on the right foot at Michigan
ANN ARBOR -- The first thing one notices about Mitch McGary is his size. He's every bit of 6-foot-10, 250 pounds.
The second thing that's obvious about the Michigan freshman forward is his smile, one that never seems to leave his face.
The third thing? His personality -- whether he's taking a photograph, giving an interview or soaking in an ice tub, Mitch McGary's having a good time.
And because of that, he's had little trouble fitting in during his first few months in Ann Arbor.
"We have to get in the cold tub (after practice) to cool our body down and stuff," said McGary, who has surprised teammates with his energetic method of diving into the ice bath rather than easing in. "It's just my mentality to be enthusiastic about it.
"Most people don't want to get into a freezing cold tub, so I just make some fun out of it."
McGary's clearly jumping in with both feet at this point after being one of the most highly-recruited Michigan signees in more than a decade.
He chose Michigan over Florida and Duke on national television after a highly-publicized recruiting battle that allowed him to keep his own personal blog on ESPN.com.
Most of his teammates announced their college destination in a high school gym. But there has been no veteran resentment to the hyped up freshman.
Because he works too hard, and he plays too hard.
"With Mitch, he's just a beast," senior Josh Bartelstein said. "You knew a guy that constantly plays hard would make a difference.
"When you're a guard and you play hard, you could get lost, when you're a big guy and you go out there and block shots (it's different)."
Others say McGary's familiarity with former Michigan captain Zack Novak helped ease his personality in with the team right off the bat.
Novak was around when McGary took his recruiting visit, and because of that, most players on the team already knew him before he got to campus.
"It was about the chemistry off the court," Tim Hardaway Jr. said. "That helped a lot."
McGary still has a chance to crack Michigan's starting lineup when it takes the court for the first time in less than a month, though John Beilein has given no indication of where he's leaning with regard to a starting five.
Regardless of that, though, he's already fit in away from the court.
He's big, he's loud, he yells after dunks and he dives into ice baths.
And, so far, his teammates have loved every minute of it.
"I'm real energetic and always smiling," McGary says with a grin. "I think the team enjoys it for the most part, I hope so.
"It's kind of surreal (finally) being here. I went to prep school and it felt like I was in high school forever. Once I got here, it was kind of a relief. I made it. Now I'm just going to work on the next chapter of my life."