By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter
Michigan’s sophomore point guard Trey Burke has made his long awaited decision, choosing to enter the NBA draft over a return to the Wolverines. After leading Michigan to the National Title Game this season, Burke’s stock has rose tremendously, as he’s considered to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
“It has always been my dream as a kid to play in the NBA,” said Burke. “Now that it is here, I am fortunate and blessed.”
This isn’t the first time Burke, a native of Columbus, Ohio, had to make a difficult decision regarding his future. After being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and leading his team to a Big Ten Championship last season, Burke flirted with a move to the NBA, but chose to return to Ann Arbor to hone his skills after a heartbreaking loss to the Ohio Bobcats in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Burke became a star for Michigan in his sophomore season, racking up several top awards in college basketball after averaging 18.6 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Burke was named Big Ten Player of the Year, National Player of the Year, NCAA Tournament South Regional Most Outstanding Player, and the Bob Cousy Award for point guard of the year. Burke was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team last week, following the loss to Louisville in the National Title Game.
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein spoke of Burke’s impact on his fellow Wolverines. “He brought competitive greatness to this team, said Beilein. “He showed the freshman how to work hard with out the coaches having to tell them.”
Burke leaves Michigan after two tremendous seasons in which he helped bring the program back to national prominence. He set the record for freshman assists in 2011-2012, the single season assists mark with 260, and the career point total as a sophomore. He finishes his career seventh all time in assists with 416 at Michigan.