INDIANAPOLIS -- Mitch McGary has progressed to running on a hard court and next week plans to start jumping for the first time since shutting down his season with a back injury.
The Michigan sophomore still doesn't have a timetable for a return, though he does have a wish.
"Let's get back to Dallas [site of the Final Four] and we'll see," he said after Michigan beat Ohio State in a Big Ten semifinal on Saturday. "You never know what will happen."
McGary, who played just eight games this season, said he doesn't have any pain except occasionally when he makes a sudden movement.
He had been running on an underwater treadmill before finally progressing to the less-forgiving hardcourts. As for the jumping, it will be slow and gradual, he said -- like everything with this rehab.
The biggest hill to climb, though, will be conditioning.
"I just have to get my legs back," he said. "It's tougher than people think it is. I have a lot of energy and I like to go all out, so it's been really difficult."
As a freshman, McGary starred for the Wolverines in their run to the NCAA tournament title game. In six postseason games, he averaged 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds.