by Bill DiFilippo

Michigan big man Mitch McGary is declaring for the NBA Draft after missing the entire 2013-14 campaign with a back injury.

McGary decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility after learning he was facing a season-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana. The positive test reportedly came after Michigan defeated Tennessee in the Sweet 16, and McGary learned of his fate after the Final Four.

Rather than miss a second straight year of basketball, McGary decided to go pro.

Via Maize and Go Blue:

“Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made. 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. 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.

“I love the University of Michigan and all it has allowed me to do. I have had my ups and downs, especially with my injury this season. I want to thank all the fans for embracing me. This has been the best two years of my life and I have some unbelievable memories. I know that I will be a Wolverine forever. Go Blue.”

McGary will join fellow Wolverines Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III as players who entered the NBA Draft early.