Michigan’s Trey Burke declares for NBA draft
by Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It was just a matter of time: Trey Burke is leaving Michigan for the NBA draft.Michigan’s sophomore guard accomplished nearly everything he could in his two-year career – short of a national championship – and announced he is now submitting his name for the draft.
“I’ve decided to declare for the 2013 NBA draft,” Burke said at a press conference at Crisler Center. “It’s always been a dream for me … I’m fortunate and blessed.”
For the past year it seemed inevitable, from the moment a year ago that he came very close to leaving after his freshman year, through all the great success this year.
Burke returned and rose from a projected second-round pick last season to a player who all analysts have slated for the lottery this year.
Returning served him well. He improved his stats in every major category, scoring nearly four more points per game (18.6), two more assists (6.7), shot dramatically better from the field (46%) and from three-point range (83%). The Big Ten player of the year also doubled his total steals and set a Big Ten record by scoring at least 15 points in every game.
Though he led Michigan to its first Big Ten title in 26 years as a freshman, he had a greater impact as a sophomore, taking the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game for the first time since 1993.
Burke won nearly every major player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard.
Though he has until April 28 to officially decide, once he submits his letter to the NBA he only has until Tuesday to withdraw and return to college.
Without him, Michigan will turn to backup point guard Spike Albrecht, who stood out in the national championship game with a 17-point performance, and incoming freshman Derrick Walton from Harper Woods Chandler Park.
Burke’s decision was likely much easier than the other Wolverines considering early entry.
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