Agent Mark Bartelstein on Mitch McGary: 'He's very focused on his work.' (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Former Michigan center Mitch McGary could be one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NBA draft.
At 6-foot-10, he has a varied skill set, with the passing ability and hustle of a guard and the traditional rebounding and inside scoring skills of a big man.
Last week, a workout video posted on YouTube showed McGary in non-contact individual workouts shooting and dribbling, but he hasn’t been able to work out for NBA teams yet. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, says McGary is getting closer to being in playing shape and preparing for the draft.
“We’re still in the rehab process,” Bartelstein said. “We’re hoping to get completed in the next couple weeks.”
After back surgery forced McGary to miss all but eight games of last season, the outlook appeared grim for McGary and he opted to enter the draft rather than face a one-year suspension from the NCAA after he tested positive for marijuana.
But McGary, who was a preseason All-America and was projected as a lottery pick after his freshman season, has been working since his back surgery in January to regain the form that wowed scouts and NBA general managers in the Wolverines’ march to the NCAA title game in 2013.
For Bartelstein, there’s an element of caution in trying to get McGary ready for his individual workouts with teams. Although McGary missed the NBA combine last month, he’s getting stronger and likely will work out for a number of teams when he’s ready.
“Once I feel like he’s at 110 percent strength and healthy, we’ll do it,” Bartelstein said. “A number of teams are interested and we want to get to as many of them as possible.
“This is all about progression and we want to keep moving forward. We’re talking about a career and we’re taking it day by day and week by week.”
Through the weeks since the positive test, McGary has tried to keep an upbeat attitude and focus on getting back to basketball full-time. He’s been working out with other draft prospects, including former teammate Nik Stauskas and MSU’s Adreian Payne, in Chicago with Priority Sports, and is looking forward to showing the form that got him rave reviews in 2013.
“He’s been in great spirits and working hard and his attitude is terrific. He’s very focused on his work,” Bartelstein said.