Men's basketball: Burke decides to leave Michigan for the NBA

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The time was right for Trey Burke.

Burke, a Northland graduate who was the Associated Press Player of the Year and led Michigan to the national championship game, made it official yesterday: He’s leaving the Wolverines to enter the NBA draft.

The move came as no surprise: Burke considered going to the NBA a year ago after his freshman season. But now he departs with his stock seemingly peaking.

“I just felt like this was the best opportunity for me,” Burke said. “It’s an opportunity that I’ve always wanted.”

The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists this past season and made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA Tournament, a long three-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent that regional semifinal to overtime.

Michigan, which made the Final Four for the first time since 1993, lost in the championship game to Louisville. Burke scored 24 points in the game.

“He came back with really a fire in his belly to improve his game,” coach John Beilein said.

 

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