Despite nearly claiming a national championship in 2013, Michigan Wolverines star Trey Burke is foregoing the upcoming season in Ann Arbor.
UPDATE: Sunday, April 14 at 1:41 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Here’s the University of Michigan release on Burke’s departure.
'After talking it over with my family and coaching staff and weighing all my options, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft. I feel that is the right decision for me and my future. It has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA, and I feel excited and well prepared to take that next step in my career,' [Burke said].
'My time at Michigan has helped me grow tremendously as both a basketball player and as a person. I will always be grateful for the opportunity Coach Beilein and his staff gave me to wear the Maize and Blue. I have learned so much from this staff and this university about what is really important if you want to be successful in your future. I love the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community, and it will always be a place I call home.'
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Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Burke will enter the NBA draft:
Burke swept the National Player of the Year awards and was Michigan’s best, most consistent player for the duration of the incredible 2012-13 campaign.
The 6’0” point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists on the year, often coming up with huge steals or making big plays down the stretch to close out games.
Perhaps his most memorable moment came during the Sweet 16, when he hit a long three-pointer to put the Wolverines into overtime against Kansas, where Burke would eventually lead his team to victory.
Despite his small stature, Burke is a proven winner and has intangibles that scouts and general managers greatly desire in their floor general.
ESPN’s Chad Ford has Burke landing within the lottery in his latest mock draft, as the U-M star is penciled in at No. 6 overall to the New Orleans Hornets.
It’s going to be tough for Michigan to overcome the loss of this star in the backcourt, but the Wolverines and their fans will always remember the championship game run in 2013. The program may have wound up a few points short, but it was certainly an extraordinary trip through the Final Four.
This is a perfect time for Burke to make the leap, with a great chance of carving out a successful NBA career.