Thursday, April 4, 2013
King: Mitch McGary's transformation
By ESPN.com staff
As the Michigan Wolverines bounced around their locker room at Cowboys Stadium last Friday night, celebrating a Sweet 16 victory over Kansas, a member of the team's traveling party walked from stall to stall, carrying a box filled with hamburgers wrapped in foil.
After what was easily their most hard-fought win of the season -- Michigan rallied from a 14-point deficit and won in overtime -- the Wolverines were eager for a postgame snack.
Well, most of them.
"You know I can't eat hamburgers, man," forward Mitch McGary. "I'm on a diet."
By turning away from the food, the 6-foot-10, 255-pound McGary provided a small glimpse into why he's blossomed into the top postseason performer for a Michigan squad that has advanced to its first Final Four in 20 years.
McGary -- who is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in Michigan's four NCAA tournament wins -- said he's lost 20 pounds since the beginning of the season. Back then, McGary probably would've accepted that offer for the postgame hamburger and then ordered a pizza back at the hotel.
M&M's were another favorite of McGary -- "because of my initials," he said -- and he often chose poor times to eat his meals.
"My metabolism slowed down," McGary said. "I guess it was from getting old and not eating the right foods. It wasn't the healthiest [diet].
"To get on the court, I knew I needed to make a change."