Michigan's Mitch McGary breaks through with a double-double, still a work in progress, though
ANN ARBOR -- Mitch McGary came to Michigan with an incredible amount of hype.
But one month into his college basketball career, it's rather clear that the 6-foot-10, 260-pound big man is still learning all the ins and outs of the game at his level.
On Thursday, though, he seemed to take a step forward -- posting 10 points and 11 rebounds to record his first career double-double during No. 2 Michigan's 93-54 win over Eastern Michigan at Crisler Center.
"I just think I need to slow down a little bit, I'm moving too fast," McGary said. "A couple games here and there, I knew what I was doing, but my body was just moving too fast.
"I'm really glad we got the win, and the team was happy I got my first double-double."
A likable player in the Michigan locker room, just about everyone inside the building wants to see McGary succeed.
Which is why when asked about his first-career double-double, teammates and coaches immediately started smiling.
"His first one," Michigan junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said with a grin. "That's great, I'm happy for him."
The key now for McGary, of course, will be to do it again.
He's shown what he can do in spurts this season -- finishing at the basket, running the floor, being active on the offensive glass. But he's also shown weakness, too -- fouling too much, missing open shots, not finishing strong at the rim.
Through 12 games, McGary's averaging 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds -- and he still believes the best is yet to come.
"Coming in here, I had never really lifted a weight," McGary said. "Being as big as I am, I'm still just trying to transition into the college format. I'm just learning the offense, learning all the footwork."
Michigan doesn't expect McGary to dominate a game night in and night out. But on this team, he really doesn't have to.
All he really needs to do now is continue to learn and stay consistent, and that'll make John Beilein more than happy.
"Things happen when Mitch get the ball, things happen," Beilein said. "In the second half (vs. EMU), a lot of good things happened. Those energy rebounds he gets, we preach that all the time -- rebounding is 25 percent ability and 75 percent effort, and he has that effort. That double-double was good for him.
"He's a work in progress, but he's got the attitude, he's got the body to be very successful if he keeps going in this direction."
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