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Posted on Sun, Jul 1, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

Early 2013 NBA draft projections rate Michigan basketball's Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitch McGary

By Nick Baumgardner


Michigan point guard Trey Burke has already landed on a few 2013 NBA mock draft lists.

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The Michigan basketball program had no presence in the 2012 NBA draft.

The 2013 draft, though, could tell a different story.

Starting point guard Trey Burke nearly left, but eventually opted to remain in Ann Arbor for his sophomore season. Michigan also has interesting next-level prospects in Tim Hardaway Jr. and 6-foot-10 big man Mitch McGary.

Certain analysts have already started projecting next season's draft, and three Michigan players have landed on a few radars.

NBA draft expert Jonathan Givony of updated his 2013 NBA mock draft recently, slotting Burke at No. 35 overall -- five selections into the second round.

The Michigan point guard is a first-round selection according to's Jeff Goodman -- but barely. Goodman has Burke going No. 30 overall, the final pick of the first round.

"Burke isn't physically imposing," Goodman wrote. "But he can shoot and excels in a ball-screen offense."

No other current members of the Michigan roster made either writer's mock draft, but both Hardaway and McGary joined Burke in ESPN analyst Chad Ford's top 100 prospects for the 2013 draft.

All three players are projected as "second round pick/undrafted" prospects.

Burke is No. 46 overall, McGary No. 54 and Hardaway No. 63.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Mon, Jul 2, 2012 : 3:44 p.m.

Unless Burke magically grows another 2-3 inches, he has little chance of success at the next level. There aren't too many 5'11" PGs who make it in the NBA. He is a heckuva college player, but let's be honest here. Seriously, Trey Burke is gonna guard Derrick Rose, Russell Westbook, etc, etc. Come on!!

Gob bluth

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 : 2:52 a.m.

What did trey burkes dad think about this?


Sun, Jul 1, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

Way too much with these ratings, projections. Let the players play the season, one game at a time. Besides, how did things go for Sullinger of OSU and Green of MSU when the draft actually occurred?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

Take a paid vacation until football rears its mighty head again.

Robert Granville

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 : 5:04 a.m.

What would you like sports writers to do in the offseason? Nothing?


Sun, Jul 1, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

Utterly useless article!


Sun, Jul 1, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

I don't know how you can possibly rate a player's draft stock who hasn't played a single minute in college yet (McGary). It would seem to be pretty idle speculation at best. Hardaway will need to bust out of his year-long slump to improve his draftability.

Robert Granville

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 : 5:02 a.m.

There were many who doubted whether McGary would ever set foot at Michigan. He could've opted to head directly to the NBA since he's been in prep school for the last year.