Michigan Basketball: 3 Reasons Trey Burke Was Wise to Return to Ann Arbor

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIApril 17, 2012

Michigan Basketball: 3 Reasons Trey Burke Was Wise to Return to Ann Arbor

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    Trey Burke is returning to the University of Michigan, which makes many Wolverine fans very happy.

    Some will agree with Burke's decision while others are questioning it, figuring he was well suited to go ahead and make the leap into the NBA.

    Any way you look at it, Burke would have found success no matter which way he went.

    However, here are three reasons why I believe Burke made a good decision in coming back to Ann Arbor for another year.

This Year's Draft Class Is so Deep

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    One thing you can say about this year's draft class is that it's real deep.

    There are going to be a lot of very good players taken in the late first, early second round, where teams will get a lot of value.

    With that, however, some good players like Burke would have dropped into that late first, early second category, limiting his ability to make an immediate impact.

    Next year, with another good season at Michigan, Burke will find himself being a lottery pick.

    And, when you're a lottery pick, that means more money.

Big Ten Player of the Year?

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    After averaging 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season with the Wolverines, Burke will only be better in his second season on campus.

    With more of an understanding of the offense and familiarity with other players around him, Burke should be more comfortable in his surroundings next year...not to say he wasn't comfortable this last year.

    I can honestly see him average close to 17 points a game with about the same number of rebounds and more assists.

    Should he increase his averages, there's no reason why Burke won't be named the Big Ten Player of the Year.

Bring the Program Back

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    I think I join the rest of Michigan Nation is hoping the Wolverines can return to national prominence this year.

    It's been since the days of the Fab Five that Michigan has been in the Final Four.

    With the recruiting class that's coming in, along with Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Wolverines have a good chance at making it back there. If that happens, we can finally have something to hang onto, rather than celebrating the last two (1992, 93), which are no longer recognized by the NCAA.

    Should that happen, all Wolverine fans will be more than happy to let Burke go to the NBA, thanking him on his way out for his contributions to the program.