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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 7:11 p.m.

What they're saying: Reaction to Mitch McGary's commitment to Michigan

By Nick Baumgardner

Apparently, Mitch McGary is kind of a big deal.

Within an hour of announcing his commitment to the Michigan basketball program Thursday on ESPNU, McGary, the nation's top-ranked power forward, became a trending topic on Twitter throughout the United States.

Plenty of analysts, fans, players and coaches had instant reaction.

Here are a few of the top tweets.

Dave Telep @DaveTelep senior basketball recruiting analyst
"Mitch McGary to Michigan. Huge."


Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel
Yahoo! Sports national columnist
"Just an observation: lot of good things have happened for Michigan basketball since Bacari Alexander became an assistant."

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla
ESPN college basketball analyst
"Mitch McGary to Michigan. Wow! Not saying he's Hansbrough but kid has great motor! Great catch for a rising program!"

Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop
Recruiting analyst at
"The fact that Michigan beat out Duke, Florida, Kentucky & UNC for a top-five prospect in Mitch McGary is extremely impressive."

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein
College basketball insider at
"Mitch McGary to Michigan puts Wolverines in contention for Final Four berth in 2012-13. John Beilein has Ann Arbor buzzing."

Dylan Burkhardt @umhoops
Owner/operator of
"Program changing commitment."

Michael Rosenberg @Rosenberg_Mike
Detroit Free Press columnist
"Mitch McGary commits to Michigan. Huge get for @JohnBeilein ... If Hardaway comes back U-M could be top 5 next year."

Bob Wojnowski @bobwojnowski
Detroit News columnist
"Wow. Michigan landed one of the best basketball recruits in the country, Mitch McGary. He's so good, they're calling his class the Fab One!"

Mike Valenti @MikeValenti971
Radio host on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, admitted Michigan State fan
"Mitch gonna be a grown man when he hits floor for UM, impact deluxe. Good get."

Glenn Robinson III @G_Rob_THR33
2012 Michigan basketball commit
"Can't wait!!!! Michigan here we come!!!!"

Nick Stauskas @NStauskas11
2012 Michigan basketball commit
"Welcome to Michigan @MitchMcGary33. You're now part of #WolverineNation. IM HYPED!!!!"

Mitch McGary @MitchMcGary33
2012 Michigan basketball commit, man of the hour
"I have officially committed to the University of Michigan #Go blue!!"

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


John Campbell

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

We needed a "big", as in a non-guard pick-up. Now I'm psyched. This is huge on many levels. Go Blue!


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:42 p.m.

Welcome to Michigan, Mitch! You made the right decision. Crisler will be THE place to be for basketball for some years to come.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:35 a.m.

WOW! I was so ready to be dissapointed when he made his decision. WRONG! This is great news and means SO much to the Michigan basketball program. And says SO much about the program, as well. You can just feel that bigger things are coming for this team. Congratulations to coach Belein and the whole staff. Can't wait to see GRob Three on our court. I remember witnessing a game at Crisler when his dad played against Michigan (was it THAT LONG AGO?). Michigan was easily leading at the half. Big Dog took over in the second half and lit up the nets. He was unstoppable and singlehandedly won the game for Purdue. Hope his son plays with the same fire for us. It's a great time to be a Michigan Wolverine fan!


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

If Mitch is half as good as John Kelley, Michigan will ride his magic carpet all the way to the Final Four. Great addition to the recruiting class of 2012.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

..Welcome Mitch!.. get ready to Smash sparty and the team from ohio.. Go Blue! v