After an impressive run through the NCAA tournament that has the Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four, star guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will reportedly declare for the NBA draft once their season comes to an end.
According to Darren Heitner of Forbes, both Burke and Hardaway will be leaving school early. Burke is reportedly set to interview five potential agents, while Hardaway may choose Henry Thomas of CAA Sports as his representative.
Source: Trey Burke will leave MICH early. Will interview 5 agents: Jeff Schwartz, Arn Tellem, Henry Thomas, Bill Duffy, Alonzo Shavers.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) April 4, 2013
Source: Tim Hardaway Jr. will leave MICH early & very strong chance he signs w/Henry Thomas of CAA.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) April 4, 2013
However, Burke's mother Ronda, who recently talked with Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports, denied that her son has made a decision one way or the other.
Just spoke with Trey Burke's mother, Ronda, who says "He has not made any decision" about going pro.— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) April 4, 2013
There was also a denial from Tim Hardaway Jr.'s father, who told Heitner that his son has not made a decision and also denied that he decided on an agent.
Received call from Tim Hardaway Jr.'s father. Says son has not yet decided on leaving early. Also denies intent to sign w/agent Henry Thomas— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) April 4, 2013
Burke, Hardaway and the No. 4-seeded Wolverines are set to take on the No. 4 Syracuse Orange on Saturday for a spot in the National Championship Game against either the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals or No. 9 Wichita State Shockers. The Wolverines are the only team remaining from the Big Ten Conference, which was considered to be head and shoulders above the rest during the regular season.
Burke, a sophomore guard, leads Michigan in scoring and assists with 18.8 points and 6.8 helpers per game. He was considered a strong NBA prospect prior to the tourney, but he has certainly boosted his stock with such solid performances during March Madness.
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Burke was especially good in Michigan's overtime victory over No. 1 Kansas in the Sweet 16. He helped bring the Wolverines back from a late, double-digit deficit and hit a game-tying three to force OT. Michigan went on to win that game, with Burke posting 23 points and 10 assists.
While Burke is the spark plug that makes the Michigan offense go, Hardaway is a junior shooting guard who can really fill it up when he gets hot. He is second on the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and second in three-point shooting percentage among qualifiers behind Nik Stauskas at 38.7 percent.
Hardaway also has an NBA pedigree, as his father played 13 years in the league and was a five-time NBA All-Star.
The pair of Michigan guards should be in the mix as lottery picks regardless of how they fare in the Final Four, but a National Championship Game appearance and victory would obviously further help their respective causes.
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