Beilein has his star

By landing Mitch McGary, John Beilein has a player at his disposal that his system has never seen.

With all due respect to Kevin Pittsnogle, in his time as a head coach, John Beilein has never had a true superstar on his roster. Beilein recruited and coached Joe Alexander, but that was before his breakout season, and Darius Morris was obviously excellent, but an elite NBA talent like Mitch McGary, that hasn't been seen on a Beilein roster.

When Beilein got the job at Michigan he was lauded as an excellent game coach and someone who could develop players who weren't elite talents and make them an excellent team. Now that thought on him might have to be amended.

Now Beilein has a legitimate one and done talent in McGary to go along with Glenn Robinson whose improvement and athleticism make him another kid who down the road could earn a healthy living playing the game of basketball.

Beilein landed Robinson the way he typically does, found an under the radar talent who wasn't being heavily recruited, and identified him as someone who could really play. With McGary, it is a whole different ball game.

McGary was being recruited for a while by Michigan, but at the end of the day it wasn't like they were there years before anybody else. Instead Michigan went head-to-head against the true heavyweights of college basketball. The Wolverines had to beat Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, and every other school for McGary, and they were able to do it.

On the floor McGary brings a toughness, motor, and overall talent level that Michigan hasn't had on the interior for some time. His ability to score down low as well as facing the rim is impressive, and matches up with anyone in the class. Also on defense he is an excellent rebounder, can block shots, and uses his college ready body to play solid position defense.

That combination is something that Beilein has honestly never had to work with during his time as a head coach at the major division I level. Now the question becomes, how will a talent like that fit into what Beilein does and the system he implements.

In all reality it shouldn't be a problem. Beilein allows his big guys the freedom to shoot, but as he has proven with players such as Jordan Morgan, he also he lets them bang down low in the paint.

For Beilein having a player like McGary, a likely one and done talent, is a bit of uncharted territory. Now that a well respected X and O guy has the elite level talent to run his system, things are looking very positive for the fans in Ann Arbor who have been clamoring for a return to the consistent deep NCAA Tournament runs that Michigan was accustomed to on a yearly basis during the Steve Fisher era.


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