Michigan's Mitch McGary played in eight games and could be eligible for a medical redshirt. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Tuesday appears to be the big day for Michigan big man Mitch McGary.
McGary, who missed most of the preseason because of a lower-back condition and played in only eight games this season for the Wolverines, announced in December that he was having back surgery.
On Tuesday morning, he wrote, "Let's rock and roll," on his Twitter page, and included an Instagram picture of him in a hospital bed.
Let's rock and roll🙌 http://t.co/LuhOVQipeH— Mitch McGary (@MitchMcGary4) January 7, 2014
McGary, a 6-foot-10 forward who was a preseason All-America selection, has played in eight games this season and averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. The Wolverines are 10-4 this season and have won all six games that McGary has missed.
He gained national acclaim when he joined the starting lineup last season during U-M's six-game run through the NCAA Tournament before falling to Louisville in the title game.
Coach John Beilein declined comment on the details of McGary's surgery last week, but confirmed that the date would be upcoming.
"When it comes to surgery, it's a very personal matter," Beilein said Saturday. "He's going to have surgery soon and we'll make sure we update you as to the progress after that happens."
It's unclear whether McGary's back surgery will keep him out the remainder of the season or if he might return for a potential postseason run; his status is classified as out indefinitely. McGary was projected as a first-round pick in the NBA draft after last season but elected to return for his sophomore year.