Trey Burke declares for NBA Draft

Dylan Burkhardt

Trey Burke is off to the NBA after formally announcing his intentions at a press conference in Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon.

Burke was a consensus All-American and National Player of the Year and led Michigan to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. The Michigan point guard is projected as a top ten pick by most draft scouts after averaging 19 points, seven assists and three rebounds per game during his sophomore season.

Burke is one of four Michigan players that have NBA options to weigh this spring. Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary have yet to announce announce whether they will enter the draft or return to school. While Michigan players were on hand for Burke’s announcement, they were not available to comment to the media.

Here’s the University of Michigan release on Burke’s departure.

“Looking back, I could not be happier with my decision to return for my sophomore year at the University of Michigan,” said Burke. “As a team, we showed what hard work and sticking together can do when faced with any adversity we had this year. We knew this team had the potential to make it the Final Four, and I’m proud of everything we accomplished this year. These guys will always be my brothers, and the memories we’ve made will stick with me forever.

“After talking it over with my family and coaching staff and weighing all my options, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft. I feel that is the right decision for me and my future. It has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA, and I feel excited and well prepared to take that next step in my career.

“My time at Michigan has helped me grow tremendously as both a basketball player and as a person. I will always be grateful for the opportunity Coach Beilein and his staff gave me to wear the Maize and Blue. I have learned so much from this staff and this university about what is really important if you want to be successful in your future. I love the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community, and it will always be a place I call home.

“I’d like to thank my teammates, my coaching staff, my family and the best fans in the world for making my two years at Michigan very special.”

“Trey’s desire to be the best at everything he does has helped Michigan basketball achieve things it hadn’t done in 20 years,” said U-M Head Coach John Beilein. “I am extremely proud of the young man he’s become and believe he is prepared to take the next step in his career.

“His incredible work ethic and effective leadership skills will serve him well in the NBA and during the many opportunities he will have the rest of his life. He is a winner at heart, and I am confident he will continue to have even more success in all of his future endeavors.

“Today is an extraordinary day for Trey, his family and the University of Michigan. On behalf of the entire Michigan basketball family, we wish him the best of luck in his professional career, and we will be rooting for him every step of the way.”

  • gobluemd16

    Congratulations and more importantly, thank you Trey Burke. You have brought this program back to the top, and left us with some unbelievable memories. Good luck in the NBA, we will all be watching and supporting you throughout your career. You are truly a Michigan basketball legend and Michigan man.

  • ColinNer

    Thank you Trey! It was a pleasure to watch him lead our team the past two years and hopefully his jersey is one day soon hung in the rafters of Crisler. It is the right decision at the right time. Best of luck at the next level.

  • MGoTweeter

    Congrats Trey and good luck in the nba! You gave Michigan so much and the entire Michigan family will be forever greatful to you for your hard work, leadership and personifying what it means to be a Michigan basketball player.

  • Wayman Britt

    Good luck Trey. Thanks for being a Wolverine.

  • jemblue

    Congratulations Trey! We’ll never forget your time here.

  • gpsimms

    Kid has been the best representative the University could ask for–on and off the court. Good luck to him in the next step in his career. I imagine he will continue to make Michigan fans proud for the rest of his career.

  • q-sac

    and all this time i was thinking he might announce that he was transferring to happy valley…

    what a great kid. sack and stu got the ball rolling, but tb may end up having had the most impact on this program recent history. good luck in the league.

  • Mbball fan

    thank you and congratulations!!!

  • MikeInOH

    Winner and class act… Made your family, fans, and university proud

  • John

    I’ll add another “thank you” to the mix. We were all incredibly privileged to be able to watch you work these last two years Trey.

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    • Adam St Patrick


      Good luck in the NBA and thanks so much for the memories, Trey.

  • Pnickel

    First off I must congratulate the best point guard in this schools history. And I want to thank you & wish you well on your NBA endeavors. Go Blue!!!

  • Dawglover2

    Thank-you Trey for reppin the Univesity of Michigan with class. You left behind many special memories. Best of luck in your future and never forget the maize and blue!

  • snoopblue

    Let’s hope the doubters keep doubting. It just makes him better. TMFB.

  • mstein23

    Congrats to Trey on his move to the next level! While I dislike the current NBA early entry rules and culture of players leaving early, this is one case where the player is clearly ready and is making the right decision. I’ll forever be grateful to Trey for helping to lift Michigan basketball to heights unseen for a generation.

    Aside from his basketball skill, his poise, leadership and will to win will always stand out in my mind. And the #3 jersey should one day hang up in Crisler along with Cazzie, Glen, and the B1G and Final Four banners he helped to bring.

  • Kunj Goenka

    As happy as I am for the dude, I’m going to miss the potential of a constant Burke-McGary PG-C combo for an entire season. Congrats though Trey, keep it up man.

  • DingoBlue

    Congratulations and Thank You Trey Burke!

  • Alex

    Thank you Trey. Good luck in the League. I know you’ll continue to be great. Very proud of what you’ve done at Michigan and hope for the best.

  • rlcBlue

    Congratulations and best of luck to you, Trey. Glad the decision to come back worked out so well.

  • mikey_mac

    Hard to imagine a player having much more impact on a program in just two years. Enjoy the Big Show, Trey!