ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke is opting to enter the NBA draft.
The Associated Press national player of the year announced his decision Sunday. The move comes as no surprise. Burke considered going pro a year ago but decided to come back for his sophomore season. He led Michigan to the NCAA title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville.
The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game in 2012-13, He made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA tournament, a long 3-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent that regional semifinal to overtime.
Michigan made the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and Burke scored 24 points in the championship game despite early foul trouble.
The extra year in college did him good.
It was around this time last year when Burke was very close to entering the NBA Draft but returned to the Big Ten in part because he was only considered a borderline first-round pick. Had he slipped into the second round, Burke would’ve been guaranteed nothing.
But now, even if he’s the final pick in the lottery, Burke will get a guaranteed two-year deal worth more than $3.2 million. In other words, he made money this season while leading the Wolverines to the national title game and winning various National Player of the Year awards, among them the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award.
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