Mitchell Neil William “Mitch” McGary (born June 6, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Blue, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Chesterton, Indiana, McGary declared for the NBA draft after completing his sophomore season for the 2013–14 Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. He was drafted 21st overall by the Thunder in the 2014 NBA draft.
At the time of his National Letter of Intent signing with Michigan Wolverines basketball, ESPN.com and Scout.com ranked McGary as the number two player in the United States high school class of 2012, while Rivals.com ranked him as the number three prospect. He was not only the consensus top power forward recruit in the nation, but also the top big man according to most sources at the time. After his signing, however, McGary fell down in the rankings as his underdeveloped offensive skills became apparent.
At Michigan, McGary became the sixth man as well as the leading shot blocker and rebounder for the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. During the season, he was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He became the regular starter during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and earned South All-Regional Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team recognition as he helped the team reach the championship game. He led all Big Ten Freshman in rebounding.
Career highlights and awards
First-team Parade All-American (2012)