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Tim Hardway Jr. to leave Michigan for NBA
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tim Hardaway Jr. is following Trey Burke out the door at Michigan.
Hardaway became the second Wolverines player this week to leave early for the NBA as the junior guard announced that at Crisler Center on Wednesday afternoon.
“Trying to make the right decision for me, I’m going to forgo my senior season and declare for the NBA Draft,” said Hardaway, who said he made the decision Tuesday. “It was tough trying to get as much information as possible and try to make the right decision.”
Hardaway’s announcement comes just three days after Michigan sophomore and Naismith Player of the Year Trey Burke announced he was leaving to enter the draft.
Hardaway’s NBA prospects are not as encouraging as Burke’s, with most experts projecting him as a second-round selection, despite being an All-Big Ten first team selection by the coaches this season.
“He’s in a tough position,” ESPN.com analyst Chad Ford wrote in an online chat today. “Had a really good year on a really good team. Does just about everything well. Just doesn’t have that one thing in his game that he does great and it hurts him. If he were an elite shooter, or lock down defender or unstoppable getting to the basket, he’d be a first rounder for sure. But as it stands right now he’s a second round pick.”
Hardaway has progressed over his three years, starting as a shooter his freshman year, but evolving into a better ball-handler and defender last year. His scoring average remained about the same as his sophomore season (14.5 points per game), but he improved his field-goal shooting (43.7%), his three-point shooting (37.4%) and his rebounding (4.7 per game), despite playing more as a guard.
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