36 Facts About Mitch McGary


Mitchell Neil William McGary was born on June 6,1992 and is an American former professional basketball player.


Mitch McGary was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 NBA draft.


Mitch McGary was not only the consensus top power forward recruit in the nation, but the top big man according to most sources at the time.


Mitch McGary became the regular starter during the 2013 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament and earned South All-Regional Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team recognition as he helped the team reach the championship game.


Mitch McGary was born on June 6,1992, and grew up in the Chesterton, Indiana, area.


Mitch McGary played in YMCA and Amateur Athletic Union basketball leagues as a youth, and his father, Tim, who had never played organized sports, coached him until fourth grade.


When Mitch McGary was younger, his father thought his athletic future was in baseball.


Mitch McGary joined the varsity basketball team the following season and played two years.


Mitch McGary eventually transferred to Brewster Academy, a prep school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, to repeat his junior year because his parents thought the discipline would be good for him.


Mitch McGary was invited to participate in the 5th annual Nike Global Challenge the following month.


Mitch McGary made an unofficial visit to Florida prior to these official visits.


Mitch McGary's reported best friend, Robinson had committed to Michigan on September 14,2010.


At the time of their November 2011 National Letter of Intent signings, Nik Stauskas, Robinson and Mitch McGary gave Michigan a consensus top 10 entering class for its 2012 class.


Mitch McGary was invited to participate in the four-team All-American Championship along with future teammate Robinson in New Orleans on April 1,2012.


Six days later, Mitch McGary represented USA Basketball at the 15th annual Nike Hoops Summit as part of the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team.


Mitch McGary eventually settled between 26th and 30th by Scout.


On March 14, in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament against Penn State, Mitch McGary posted his second career double-double, reaching 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, but only adding one more rebound in the second half.


Mitch McGary scored a career-high 25 points and career-high tying 14 rebounds, marking his second consecutive and fourth career double-double.


Mitch McGary joined Blake Griffin as the only two players in the last 15 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournaments to achieve 14 or more rebounds and 21 or more points in back-to-back games.


Mitch McGary added a career-high 5 steals during his fourth consecutive start.


Mitch McGary made the 7-man All-Tournament team along with teammates Burke and Albrecht.


Mitch McGary finished the season as the Big Ten conference freshman leader in rebounding and placed second to Victor Oladipo in field goal percentage.


Mitch McGary declined an invitation to try out for the USA Basketball team that competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade, opting instead to attend the Nike Skills Academy for big men featuring Amar'e Stoudemire and Anthony Davis and the LeBron James Skills Academy.


Mitch McGary was on the 50-man Naismith Award and Wooden Award preseason watchlists.


Mitch McGary was a preseason All-Big Ten selection in both the official media poll released by the Big Ten Conference and the unofficial media poll released by the Big Ten Network.


Mitch McGary was on the 15-man Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List.


Mitch McGary was tested 18 days before the NCAA decided to reduce the automatic punishment for marijuana use to a half a season and his appeal for lenience was unsuccessful.


Mitch McGary signed with sports agent Mark Bartelstein.


Mitch McGary was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.


On July 5,2014, Mitch McGary signed with the Thunder and joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League.


On October 16,2015, Mitch McGary suffered a loose ball collision with Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies that resulted in concussion-like symptoms.


Mitch McGary went on to play limited minutes in 20 games before leaving the team prior to the end of the season for "personal reasons".


On July 8,2016, Mitch McGary was suspended for five games by the NBA for a failed drug test.


On October 24,2016, following preseason, Mitch McGary was waived by the Thunder.


Mitch McGary's father is a Chesterton High School alumnus and his mother worked there as the school treasurer.


Mitch McGary is an avid skateboarder, with a set of skateboard ramps built by his father in his backyard.