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.
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!