Michael came to UK from St. Patrick High School in Somerdale, New Jersey. He was a McDonalds All-American, USA Today All-American, Parade All-American, Gatorade State Player of the Year, and Mr Basketball in New Jersey. Michael played for UK during the 2012 NCAA Championship Season in 2011-12. While at UK for his one season he was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, All-SEC team, NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player, All-NCAA Final Four team, and an All-American. He was drafted #2 in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.