Mitch McGary receives marijuana ban - immediately declares for NBA draft

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It emerged today that Michigan Wolverines' Mitch McGary had tested positive for marijuana during the recent NCAA Tournament, with the organization handing down a yearlong ban to the player.

And, after hearing his punishment, McGary has decided to declare for the NBA draft rather than sit out another year of college basketball having missed much of this year's campaign through injury.

"The penalty is a year," he told Yahoo Sports.

"It's just with the NCAA and their strict rules, they don't show any mercy. They take their things seriously."

Just over a year ago McGary had just completed a stellar freshman year for the Wolverines, helping them to the National Championship game and gaining pluaidts along the way.

So impressed were many with his performances that he was predicted as a possible first-round pick should he have chosen to elect for the 2013 draft.

Instead McGary chose to play another year of college basketball - a decision he may look back on with some regret after a turbulent year.

A knee-injury limited him to just eight games for Michigan this season, and the news that he would face an extended time out through suspension simply confirmed McGary's desire to head to the NBA in 2014.

"If it had been a Michigan test, I would've been suspended three games and possibly thought about coming back," McGary revealed.

"I don't have the greatest circumstances to leave right now. I feel I'm ready, but this pushed it overboard."

McGary revealed that Michigan had appealed the ban, with both he and the school feeling the year long ban was harsh for a first-time offense. But the NCAA rejected the appeal last week.

And while the player admits he has to deal with the consequences of his actions, he clearly feels that that will be done best in the NBA should he be able to convince team's that he is ready for the pros - both physically and mentally.

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