(NEW YORK) — Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary’s season is likely over after opting to have back surgery.
“My back problems have been a daily challenge ever since late August,” said McGary. “We have worked hard rehabbing the injury and I thought that everything was proceeding in the right direction until the last two weeks. I have consulted with my family, my coaches and our doctors and decided the best option now is to have surgery. This was a difficult decision to make because I want to be out there with my teammates. At the same time, I need to be healthy to give everything I can on the court and help my team.”
Michigan has not announced a timetable for McGary’s return, but ESPN.com is reporting it’s highly unlikely the sophomore returns to the court this season.
The 6-foot-10, 265 pound McGary missed the first two games of the season due to his back. Since then, he has averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
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