University of Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary will follow in the footsteps of his college basketball teammates Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III in declaring for the upcoming NBA draft with two seasons of eligibility remaining. However, the circumstances that surround his decision to do so are markedly different.
It was announced today that McGary, who sat out the majority of the 2013-14 season due to an injury, tested positive for marijuana during the recent NCAA tournament, and as such, would have faced suspension for the entire 2014-15 season, according to numerous stories published today, including on CBSSports.com. The NCAA apparently chose McGary for a random drug test, despite the fact that he hadn't played since early in the season, but he was eligible to be picked since he was on the bench and in uniform for Michigan's game versus Tennessee.
McGary had a stellar freshman campaign, which concluded when the Wolverines lost to Louisville in the championship game of last year's NCAA tournament. His performance was so notable that he was named to the tourney's All-South Regional Team and its Final Four All-Tournament Team. He played in only eight games during the past season, and was forced to sit out the remainder of the schedule after hurting his back, for which he had surgery in January.
Read more about McGary's decision in an article published to the University of Michigan's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. The article contains quotes from McGary and from U-M head basketball coach John Beilein, who made the announcement today in Ann Arbor. It also has a link to an interview on the matter with McGary and Beilein.