Report: Michigan's Trey Burke to Declare for the NBA

By Jason Priestas on April 4, 2013 at 12:40p
Trey Burke will leave Michigan early for the NBA. Great news for Ohio State fans.

According to Darren Heitner of Sports Agent Blog and Forbes, Michigan point guard Trey Burke's sophomore campaign with the Wolverines will be his last in Ann Arbor. He's headed to the NBA.

Report Credibility Score: 99/100. Burke nearly left after his freshman campaign, his stock is red hot and when you start naming potential agents, you probably have something real.

Update: Mom isn't happy.

Source: @DarrenHeitner


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Hovenaut's picture

Not surprising considering recent events and his conference recognition.

Have to think DT heads that way as well.

tennbuckeye19's picture

In other breaking news: Water is wet.
He had a great season. I wish him the best. 

d1145fresh's picture

Good move for him... his stock is as high as it can get right now. Has there ever been a national POY winner who didn't leave for the draft in the past 20 years or so? 

Triv's picture

I was curious, so I went and looked. In the past 10 years Tyler Hansborough is the only one to return after winning the award. Won it as a junior, returned for his senior year

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Baroclinicity's picture

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

avail31678's picture

Can't handle one more year of Craft owning him?

cajunbuckeye's picture

My thought exactly. The kid will do anything to get away from Craft.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

I am happy with his performance against the Buckeyes (2-3), with an average score of 64-57 in favor of the good guys. Even with 2 absolute beat-downs to the good guys last year, and a 1/2 game beat-down this year, I am still not sad to see him go. It was hard to respect what he brought to the table though, esp. since he is from OH. But still, he eked 2 wins over the Buckeyes in 2 years. I'm good with that.
I will also not be chanting B1G!, B1G! on Saturday if they win.


Grant Edgell's picture

Obviously don't find it in my heart to root for him in Ann Arbor (don't wish harm, either) but always loved the photo of a young Sully with his tiny little pal Burke (in his BUCKEYES jersey) playing video games.
Best of luck to the young man. Always great to see young people strive, and reach, their dreams.

SPreston2001's picture

Sully was a chunky fuck lol.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Yeah lets insult the player that bust his ass to bring Ohio State success and fans joy. I wonder what other kind words you have for our players. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Is that Diebs rabbit punching Cook?

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

"Godspeed" and thank God!  Go pro, get paid, get the f*** out of my

Class of 2010.

hail2victors9's picture

Not surprised, at all, to hear Burke is leaving.  Man it really pisses me off though that this guy is putting it out there though (assuming that was not Burke's intent) two days before a national semi-final.  Let Burke tell people in 5 days. 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

That was my only surprise as well, Hail. I don't think anyone on the team would be surprised or that the announcement will cause anyone to play differently, but just surprised. I have to say it was a lot easier over the last two years when my coping mechanisms allowed me to forget he was from Columbus (and Sully's former teammate), because he is a hell of a player.

avail31678's picture

AGreed, that was my first reaction.  However, as I'm thinking about this being a distraction, perhaps - PERHAPS - this could actually be intended to have the opposite effect?  Get the news out of the way so there's no distractions and questions from reporters, and he and the team can just focus on their big game? 
I may be reaching...but I was initially thinking the same thing.  And it seemed so blatantly obvious that you SHOULDN'T make such an announcement until the season was done that perhaps it was done on purpose with some reasoning behind it.
Either way: GO SYRACUSE!!!!!  And if for some awful reason the Mustard Shoes win it, then I'll just chirp that it was good for the B1G.  :-)
EDIT:  Ignore - I see now you're not upset Burke let it out, rather that someone else did.  My bad.  But I had a really good point if this weren't true!!!

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

With Freep reporting on this, my first thought was- Sparty trolling uM before the big game? Because, as we all know, it could just be speculation, and there are no consequences if they are wrong. So....


M Man's picture

But the Freep didn't "report" anything.  All of this story -- 100% -- is the one Tweet from the one guy.  Who is one of the 1000 or so people that allows to post under their e-banner.
I'm not saying that Burke will stay in Ann Arbor.  I think everybody has presumed for the better part of a year that Burke would not play basketball for Michigan as a Junior.  That is why this is such nonsense.  Yes, Burke is likely gone.  What elese have you got?
But this story is pure unsourced speculation at this time.  It is 99% distraction, and 1% news.  "Choosing from among five agents?"  Gimme a break.
Tell you what about speculation.  We will know soon who will get the job as Burke's agent.  if it isn't one of the five, I'll be back, to remind everybody about what a putz this guy was.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Ha. I should have said, "now that the Freep is also reporting this....". But my point is the same: Captain obvious is just speculating with his tweet, and as we've learned, there are no consequences if you're wrong. The timing (which is BS), just made me think: Sparty & trolling.


M Man's picture

My post may have read like I was attacking you and for that I should apologize.  The Freep is such a hot-button issue for many of us. 
By way of comparison, just imagine for a moment, that Tatgate was a story with even less merit than what we now know to have been the case.  And that it arose purely because of a story on ESPN, and not secondarily to a federal tax investigation of Ed Rife.  And imagine further that the NCAA investigation showed that Jim Tressel had done absolutely nothing wrong, and that all of his statements at all times had been true.  Assume all of that.  With Tressel's job on the line, just imagine how pissed Buckeye nation would have been with ESPN in that factual scenario.  Torches and pitchforks would not have been enough, right?  That's pretty much what the deal was, with the Free Press/Michigan/Rodriguez.
Again, I hope you understand and accept my apology if I came across too hard on you.  Both of your posts were fine. 

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Totally cool, man. No apologies needed- I think my comments warrented some explanation. And I am very aware the the whole Freep witch hunt on Rodriguez was a farce. The guy was doomed from the beginning. I don't know much about the Freep, but is it possible that the editor is from MSU, or something? Or, is it just generally contrarian? And who is the Captain Obvious that tweeted this? A sports blog founder and sports attorney?! geez. tactless


buckeyedude's picture

<----------Are you talking about this Captain Obvious? He's been a 11W contributor for quite a while now, although I think he's been laying low, lately.



M Man's picture

The Detroit Free Press flogs U-M athletics stories more than anything.  I'm quite serious.  More than a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.  The home page has a "Most Read" and "Most Commented" tab.  And any hour of the day, any day of the week, the chances are good that a minor story about Michigan recruiting, or a Michigan coach, will outplay a story about something like the financial precipice for Detroit's city budget.  It's sick.  I know that the Columbus Dispatch gets a lot of page-views for OSU football.  But I think that the Free Press is actually much worse than the Dispatch.
The hit-counts benefit from U-M and MSU fanatics flaming each other on the comments pages, which wouldn't happen at the Dispatch.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

also, Les Miles to uM is a done deal, right? Right, Herbie?!


Gametime's picture

To his credit, Hail called Trey Burke winning player of the year - and he did.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

.....doubt he unpacked. You can keep track of his time in that state in months. Time served, Trey. Early release for good behavior


BuckeyeMike2002's picture

If Hardaway and Burke go in the same year, I wonder if Beilein will move on? A big part of coaching is striking while the opportunity is there. Beileins stock will be pretty high after this year no matter what happens over the weekend.

Q: What is the difference between the Michigan Football Team and a bag of crap. A: The Bag.

GoBlueBlood's picture

Just curious, move on to where exactly? The NBA or another program? 
The way I see things, both Beilein and Hoke are at their final destinations. Also, with the talent Beilein has coming in next year along with the number of highly touted kids Michigan is leading for in the 2014-2016 classes, there's no reason to believe this is Beilein's last run at a NC. His stock is definitely high right now, but there's nowhere he would go. 

buckeyedude's picture

Burke obviously didn't go to TTUN to play school. Nuff of that s^&t.