Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan center Mitch McGary will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
McGary played only eight games during the 2013-14 season because of a back injury that required surgery and becomes the third Wolverine sophomore to declare for the draft this spring, joining Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III.
"My family and I want to thank everyone for giving us privacy and the time to make this decision," said McGary on Friday. "As you know, it was important for us to weigh all the factors that go into something like this. With that being said, I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA Draft."
McGary also addressed a personal issue on Friday, saying he tested positive for marijuana use as he watched his teammates play during the NCAA Tournament. He was likely facing a suspension from the school for the failed drug test.
"We were notified of that result after the Final Four," said McGary. "I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration. Despite all of this they have been understanding and helpful over the last couple of weeks.
"I take full responsibility for this poor choice and want to apologize to everyone, especially those I have grown close to during my fabulous two years at the University of Michigan.
"I love the University of Michigan and all it has allowed me to do. I have had my ups and downs, especially with my injury this season. I want to thank all the fans for embracing me. This has been the best two years of my life and I have some unbelievable memories. I know that I will be a Wolverine forever."
McGary was a key contributor to the Wolverines' march to the NCAA Tournament championship game last spring, averaging 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds during the six tournament games. In 39 games overall as a freshman, he averaged 7.5 points with 6.3 rebounds.
In his limited time this past season, McGary averaged 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds.
"Mitch has had a tremendous impact on our program from the moment he committed to us," said Michigan coach John Beilein on Friday. "The progress he has made on and off the court has been outstanding. His willingness to face a personal issue head on and his positive work ethic during his recent injury have helped him to grow in many ways. We know that he will put all of his energy and effort toward achieving his goals. We will continue to assist and support Mitch as he pursues a career in the NBA."
The NBA Draft is set for June 26 in Brooklyn.