Bright Future for Maize and Blue

Well, we had a pretty sick run, right?

Mitch McGary played out of his mind, averaging ridiculous numbers in the tournament, especially for a freshman who didn’t start all year. Trey Burke made some HUGE shots, and led us all the way to the championship.

Everyone else on the team that played contributed greatly to an amazing March Madness run. That shot that Burke hit against Kansas was unbelievable, and it was crazy that we even sent that game to OT, let alone win. Michigan was the youngest team in the entire tournament, and we still made it to the championship.

Sophomore Trey Burke’s ability to consistently score from various places on the court, and be clutch, while leading a very young team to the finals, got him to #6 in the NBA Draft. So, I honestly doubt he would pass up this chance to be a very high pick in the NBA, especially after winning the Player of the Year and Wooden Awards in 2012-2013, and beating Michael Carter-Williams in the Final Four, who was ranked ahead of Burke in the draft before that game.

I had faith that Burke would stay, realizing the potential that his Michigan team possesses. However, even if I were him, I wouldn’t pass #6 up.

And, neither would Burke, he declared for the draft today, unfortunately. Also, due to a breakout performance in the tournament, Mitch McGary is now #12 in Chad Ford’s mock draft, making a huge leap into the lottery picks.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Michigan vs Florida

I strongly doubt he’ll go, though. Additionally, Glenn Robinson III moved up to #15 in Ford’s mock draft, probably because of his athleticism, size, and range. Again, just as McGary, I think he’ll stay for at least one more year.

Tim Hardaway Jr., a tall shooting guard is a junior. He was supposed to enter the NBA draft this year but has slipped out of the first round. If he returns, it’d be great to have a talented senior like him to lead our young team, full of freshman and sophomore talent.

Oh, and yes, we do have more freshmen. We have the #13 recruiting class right now, and we’ve signed standout guards Zak Irvin, and Derrick Walton who will give us more young talent and depth.

Despite a rough loss against Louisville that I refuse to get into detail about, we will be back strong again next year! Go blue!


2 thoughts on “Bright Future for Maize and Blue

  1. Go Blue! What a fun ride, and all the more special to experience it with my hot shot blogging son! Despite the loss to Louisville, I was never more proud to be a Wolverine. Let’s hope Mitch and GR III stay!

  2. I know how disappointed you are after the BB championship game but remember it was a heckuva game and Big Blue has a great chance to be in the mix to get back into the final sweet sixteen for at least the next several years. The immediate future for Michigan basketball looks very good and if they can just hold out until you get there everything will be okay. I think Tim Hardaway, Jr. will go into the lottery no matter how high he is projected to be picked. I think he will prove to be a solid pro for whoever picks him. He will just have to work on his ball handlindling skills and he will be a great shooting guard for some team. Michigan will definitely be a Sophomore led team next year, but a team with wonderful experience despite it’s youth. I think they should be in the top five all year and make the Sweet Sixteen without a doubt. You never know, but 2013/2014 could be a very exciting year for Michigan basketball. Who knows, we might even see a Michigan/Syracuse final next year!

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