With the specter of a one-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana, Michigan sophomore big-man Mitch McGary has decided to make the jump to the NBA.
McGary played in just eight games this season before back issues ended his season in December.
McGary failed a drug test that was administered by the NCAA after Michigan's Sweet 16 victory over Tennessee.
He admitted that he smoked marijuana earlier that month, but now he wants to put that behind him and enter the NBA draft.
"I thought about it a lot. I talked with coach Beilein, and I feel as if I'm ready to take this next step and chapter of my life and enter the NBA draft," McGary explained. "I made a terrible decision that I do regret. I tested positive for marijuana during our drug tests during the Sweet 16. I do regret this decision, and it's hurtful for me, but I want to put it behind me and move past it.”
"He wants to get this behind him,” said coach John Beilein “I know he feels better right now because it's been bothering him since the NCAA informed us of their decision. And as a result he's ready to move forward, and we're ready to move forward and we're with him every step of the way."
As a freshman, McGary had a great season helping Michigan get to the NCAA championship game. He probably would have been a first-round pick then.
His stock fell this year after an off-season back injury.
It is unknown how his failed drug test will affect his future in basketball.