Analyst puts Michigan basketball back as the leader in the Mitch McGary sweepstakes
On Thursday, Brewster Academy power forward Mitch McGary said he'll make his college choice next week, and he'll choose between Michigan, Duke and Florida.
On Friday, one national recruiting analyst offered his opinion on the situation.
"In this case, Michigan appears to have overcome the objections and has itself positioned to nab the top power forward in the country next week," ESPN national recruiting analyst Dave Telep wrote in a recent blog post on ESPN.com.
Telep even cites the opinion of an unnamed college basketball assistant coach who feels the same way on McGary's lean toward Michigan.
“I think the kid’s getting kind of burnt out with it,” one college assistant said. “I think the kid’s going to Michigan.”
Telep explains how he perceived Michigan to be the leader for McGary all along, and nearly scored a commitment from him. However, writes Telep, other schools sensed this and began to throw a heavy counter-attack during McGary's recruitment process.
According to Telep, though, the Wolverines may have weathered the storm.
"This situation has changed before, therefore it could change again," he writes, "but right now it’s on autopilot and the guy flying the plane likes the Wolverines."
Telep is ESPN.com's senior national basketball analyst, and his college basketball scouting service, according to ESPN, is used by more than 225 colleges and several NBA teams.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound McGary is a consensus top five national prospect, and ESPN.com rates him as the top power forward prospect in the class of 2012.