Michigan basketball coach John Beilein addresses Trey Burke situation, calls early-exit reports premature
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
For the first time since the season ended, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein made a public comment on his current point guard situation.
In a blog post written Thursday on MGoBlue.com, the Michigan athletic department's official website, Beilein addressed the speculation and reports surrounding current Wolverine point guard Trey Burke.
And he reports, as of now, no decision has been made on Burke's future.
"I would like to note that Wednesday's reports of Trey Burke's decision to enter the NBA draft were premature," Beilein wrote. "My coaching staff and I have met with Trey and his parents several times over the past two weeks.
"Collectively, we have gathered and shared with each of them some necessary information that we feel will help Trey make the most informed decision for his future."
On Wednesday, CBSsports.com's Jeff Goodman reported that Burke was expected to enter his name into the 2012 NBA Draft, which would end his Wolverine career after just one season in Ann Arbor.
The Detroit Free Press reported the same as Goodman initially, but later wrote that Burke was re-evaluating his decision Wednesday night.
Minutes after Goodman's initial report, Burke's father, Benji, told AnnArbor.com via text message that Burke had not entered the NBA Draft. Minutes after that, Burke's father took to Twitter, writing that his son was still enrolled at the University of Michigan.
In his blog post, Beilein wrote that he and the Michigan coaching staff are currently encouraging Burke to be patient and weigh all his options with regard to his decision.
"The Burke family has been very receptive to our assistance and appreciates that we have encouraged Trey to take his time and look at all of his options between now and the April 10 deadline," Beilein wrote. "With only one full week of classes remaining, Trey and his teammates, like all students at Michigan, are working diligently to complete their assignments and prepare for final exams."
If a player declares for the NBA Draft, he has until April 10 to remove his name and sustain his collegiate eligibility.
However, the NBA's deadline for draft entry is April 29 — meaning Burke doesn't have to make one official decision until the end of the month.
The 5-foot-11-inch Burke averaged 14.8 points per game last season for the Wolverines and set a school record for assists in a season by a freshman, earning the co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year award in the process.
NBAdraft.net, a pro basketball mock draft site, released an updated mock Thursday morning, slotting Burke as the 39th pick overall (the ninth pick in the second round).
Beilein did not address the transfers of Evan Smotrycz, Carlton Brundidge or Colton Christian in his blog post and has yet to meet with local reporters since the Wolverines' season ended March 16.
"The entire team has really worked hard in our postseason practice over the past few weeks," he wrote. "I love the progress of our returning talent; they are playing with great confidence and swagger. The leadership roles are evolving in a very positive way as the veterans step up and lead the team.
"The attitude has been great and the energy very high for each and every workout. Our three redshirt athletes have all had some very impressive moments in recent drills and scrimmages as well."
Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.
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Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.
he is from ohio. he don't care.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 4:19 a.m.
I hope he stays, but either way UM's program is on an upswing and will not only survive, but continue to improve. Go Blue!
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.
I love watching him play as a Wolverine, he adds so much to the team. I hope he stays, despite the lure of the NBA. I wish more players would stay and get their degrees -- it benefits them and the program. The NBA will still be there, why not increase your options by staying? Whatever he decides, good luck to him and go blue!
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.
Beilein for President! He's right up there with the rest of the politicos in terms of the number of words spoken without saying anything. Brandon's blogmeisters are no doubt on editorial overtime.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.
I really hope Burke makes the right decision - which is to stay at U-M. He is NOT ready for the NBA despite what some of the yes-men handlers have told him. IMO, he'd be VERY lucky to be drafted near the bottom of the 2nd round. That's not worth jumping early to the NBA. If he does leave now, he's going to regret it without a doubt. 5-11 point guards who turn the ball over too much are not a hot commodity in the NBA right now.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.
Here's a question for the intrepid reporters of this blog: Connecticut was just handed a 2013 post-season ban because its players are not graduating. Could all these defections, year after year, lead to a post-season ban in Michigan's future?
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.
I don't normally say this type of stuff, but if Burke leaves he will absolutely regret it. He really is stupid if he decides to leave. $100k after taxes for a couple years if he's lucky and then he's in the real world with a high school diploma and that's it. Plus, consider if he DOES make a team, he'll be trying to keep up with his teammates on a $100k salary, likely not saving much, if anything.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.
Tough sledding for Michigan basketball fans, the team, the coaching staff, Trey and his parents. I wonder if Trey made any of these post season workouts. Bummer if he did not. I still hope Trey stays.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 7:33 p.m.
slow news week.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.
those who stay will become champions.