Michigan forward Mitch McGary was considering a return to the Wolverines after an injury-plagued sophomore season, but a looming one-year suspension from the NCAA after testing positive for marijuana will lead him to the 2014 NBA draft instead.
“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.”
“I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration,” the statement read. “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.”
The 6-foot-10 McGary played in only eight games in 2013-14 before a back injury ended his season in mid-December.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports spoke with the potential first-round pick, who admitted using marijuana while hanging out with a group of friends ahead of the 2014 NCAA tournament. He was then tested—despite not playing for Michigan in the Big Dance due to injury—and informed of the failed test.
The report notes the NCAA rule in place at the time of the failed test was an automatic one-year ban from competition. If it had been a test from the school, McGary would have only been suspended for three games next season.
Man thats some tough luck…
[via ESPN, Yahoo Sports]