NOAH TRISTER,AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trey Burke has already decided to turn pro. As for the rest of Michigan’s possible early entries to the NBA draft — no additional news.
The Wolverines had their season-ending banquet Tuesday night, just over a week after Michigan played in the NCAA title game. The Wolverines lost to Louisville, but it was their first Final Four appearance since 1993.
Burke, the sophomore star who was the AP national player of the year, announced over the weekend that he’ll be leaving Michigan for the NBA. The big question now is what junior Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III will announce about their futures. There was nothing new on that front Tuesday.
“I was gone all day (Monday) and I was gone all weekend, but we’re talking back and forth. We’re getting closer to assisting everybody,” coach John Beilein said. “Hopefully we’ll have news for you — obviously it’s got to come before the 28th.”
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 28.
Aside from Burke, Beilein also has to say goodbye to seniors Eso Akunne, Josh Bartelstein, Blake McLimans, Corey Person and Matt Vogrich. Replacing their contributions in practice and behind the scenes won’t be easy, and the coaching staff may have to reach out to potential walk-ons.
“There’s always been some young men that have contacted us about walking on here,” Beilein said. “We’re trying to wait to see what happens here with the NBA draft decisions.”
Aside from the outgoing seniors and the players who are considering leaving early for the NBA, Beilein sounded cautiously optimistic that there will be no additional departures from the roster.
“You’re never 100 percent sure, but we feel good at this point,” Beilein said. “We don’t think that there’s going to be any attrition. That’s the hope right now.”
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