When Indiana native Mitch McGary officially chose Ann Arbor as his destination for the 2012-13 season, the 6'10" forward was widely viewed as a top five player in the class. Scout.com, the preeminant high school recruiting entity on the web, listed McGary as its No. 2 player. For the first time in years, it appeared the Wolverines had actually signed one of the best players in a recruiting class.â†µ
But after Scout.com's latest round of reshuffling today, it doesn't appear the future Michigan big man is viewed in quite the same light. Without question, the biggest loser in the rankings was McGary, as he fell from No. 2 all the way down to No. 20. Even though he still retains that coveted five-star label, it's clear that the kid is starting to fall out of favor with scouts as they continue to nitpick at his game, and that's probably not something Michigan fans want to hear.â†µ
Here's what recruiting analyst Brian Snow had to say about the move:â†µ
Quite simply in multiple viewings the future Michigan Wolverine didn’t look like the same player as he was in the summer. Still an elite rebounder and a guy who finds a way to produce, McGary is a five-star talent, but no longer is being looked at as someone who is a top five player due to his lack of ability to score on the blow block.â†µ
An 18-spot drop seems a tad severe for a guy who everyone was so enamored with, but the 20th best player in the country is nothing to scoff at either. Even so, this definitely takes some of the luster off John Beilein's incoming class.