February 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

Michigan coach John Beilein: 'No plans' for Mitch McGary's return

There are no plans for Mitch McGary to return to play for Michigan this season, coach John Beilein said Tuesday. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Remember Mitch McGary?

Out for more than two months, could McGary be returning at some point, in time for another potential postseason run?

“My stock answer on this is that we have no plans for that,” coach John Beilein said Tuesday morning on the “Michigan Insider” radio show on WTKA 1050 AM. “I never say never to anything, but we have no plans for him to play this year.”

Michigan’s 6-foot-10 sophomore who starred in last year’s run to the NCAA title game hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 14 against Arizona. He had back surgery Jan. 7 and has been seen at several home games on the bench, wearing a suit and tie.

Beilein had said McGary was out indefinitely because of the ailment, but never ruled out his potential return for this season.

Beilein indicated earlier this month that McGary had begun rehab and was taking part in some light workouts. But McGary is not going to road games, where he could aggravate his back by sitting on a plane for long periods.

But McGary’s condition seems to be improving, according to Beilein.

“Mitch is much more active now in his rehab; he was at practice today doing some new stretches,” Beilein said Monday night on the “Inside Michigan Basketball” radio show. “We’re encouraging him to come around the team more and more so that he’s around, not just for games.

“He looks good and we love having him around practice.”

On his Twitter page, McGary has posted using the hashtag “#TheReturn.”

McGary played in eight games this season, averaging 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.

He opted to return to Michigan for his sophomore season after considering an early jump to the NBA draft.

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