Ann Arbor, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Michigan big man Mitch McGary has opted to join himself for the NBA draft rather than face a yearlong NCAA suspension after he reportedly tested positive for marijuana.
“Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made,” McGary said in a statement released by the school Friday. “I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four.”
“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,” he added.
The 6-foot-10 McGary played in only eight games in 2013-14 before a back injury ended his season in mid-December.
According to reports, McGary failed a drug test administered by the NCAA following the Wolverines’ Sweet 16 victory over Tennessee, a game in which he suited up but had no intention of playing.
He admitted that he smoked marijuana one night in mid-March. “The penalty is a year,” McGary said.
McGary averaged only 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in his two-year career at Michigan, but his potential is tantalizing. In Michigan’s six NCAA tournament games in 2013, he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds.