And with one declaration, the University of Michigan menâ€™s hoops team saw their chances of reaching the national championship for a second time in two years decrease exponentially. Â Sophomore guard and National Player of the Year Trey Burke made the much-expected announcement that he will be forgoing his last two years of eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft on Sunday.
Expected to be a lottery pick and possibly as high as fifth overall, it was a no-brainer for Burke. Â But that does not make it any easier on Michigan fans who only got to see the schoolâ€™s best player over the last decade for two years. Â Burke led Michigan to a 31-7 overall record and the national championship game whileÂ averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 46% from the field.
But according to this interview, Burke said was close to returning to Ann Arbor for his junior year. Â While I donâ€™t buy that for a second, it has to sting Wolverine fans to know that the teamâ€™s driver was actually considering coming back.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary, junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and freshman forward Glenn Robinson III have all yet to announce their decisions on whether they will be making themselves eligible for the draft.