Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. to Enter NBA Draft

April 17, 2013 at 3:19p    by Jason Priestas    
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Michigan junior Tim Hardaway Jr. will forego his senior season at Michigan to enter the NBA Draft. Hardaway joins his teammate Trey Burke as the second Michigan player to leave school early for the NBA. Burke announced his intention Sunday.

Hardaway, a likely second round selection, averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds for Michigan last season.


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TraditionCounts's picture

Part of me thinks this decision is because he won't have Trey Burke penetrating and dishing open shots to him this upcoming season, which will ultimately diminish his value next year.  His stock could be as high now as it will ever get.
Regardless, good luck to him.  And good for the Buckeyes.

hail2victors9's picture

That's a negative.  While if Burke stayed, Timmy might have returned, this decision is more a product of the predicted draft classes this year and next.  Projections see him as a late 1st round pick all the way to undrafted.  That's kind of a scary thought to me, but with his inconsistencies, he probably wouldn't benefit from another year.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Earle's picture

Attention Messrs. Robinson and McGary:  Your ship is sinking.  All ashore that's going ashore...

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I thought he'd be a better college player than he actually turned out to be.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Dougger's picture

Yippee!!!
I think he's got a nice stroke though. In my best Taken voice without the sarcasm.... "good luck"

I like football

osubuck57's picture

And how many wins will that team up north have next year?? Good luck to him.Certainly has a good pedigree.

SCOTTC.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't think they'll be bad, but they won't be at the level they were this year.

Class of 2010.

Earle's picture

We may get to see how good a coach Beilein is next year. It will also be interesting to see how McGary does against defenses designed to stop him (assuming he stays).

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hail2victors9's picture

If McGary and GRIII stay, Michigan will still compete for a B1G title (I think MSU is the favorite, though).
5-star Zak Irvin (#24 overall, Indiana's Mr. Basketball) will be happy to take Timmy's spot and 4-Star Derrick Walton (#37 overall) will start at PG, getting some spells from Spike Albrecht.  Caris Levert showed some promise and could be very good as he continues to fill out and gain confidence and Stauskas just needs to work on his consistency, but has shown flashes of greatness.
Starting five of Walton, Irvin, Stauskas, Robinson III, and McGary will win a lot of games.  The bench will remain pretty much unchanged Levert, Morgan, Horford, Albrecht, and 6'9" 4-star Mark Donnal out of Wayne HS.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

BME_Buckeye's picture

I've been saying this all year long for Michigan, start McGary. I think we saw just how much more effective he is. How do anticipate Beilein will split the minutes next year between Morgan and McGary? 50/50 with time for hortford maybe? 

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

 

Hello_Heisman's picture

Unless McGary keeps getting in foul trouble, there's no way that's a 50/50 split if he comes back.  Especially with Burke gone, McGary will need to be more of a focal point of the offense a la Kevin Love, something that Jordan Morgan is never going to be. 
First thing's first of course - McGary needs to decide what he's doing next year.  I think for him and GRIII, those guys have enough upside to legitimately improve their draft stock with strong sophomore years.  That alone might be the reason they come back but we'll see.  Wouldn't shock me at this point if both leave for the NBA.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Agree. According to what I've seen on MgoBlog, McGary is staying. With that said I do think McGary can improve but one thing I want to see is can he create his own offense. I think a lot of his success during the tournament was due to Burke ability to get him the ball either on the run or in the post at the right time. It will be interesting to see can have the same success next year. 

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

 

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Yes, replacing a 3-year starter and the POY with 2 freshman, there will be no dropoff. That should be seamless. 
Dont get upset though, I'm just trying to stamp any uM momentum or optimism because, well, this is a Buckeye site, and I'm compelled to. It's just the way it is.
But also, that's expecting a lot from 3 freshman and 2 sophs.

WB

2014nationalchamps's picture

his stock is high now b/c this is a weak draft. Next yrs draft is supposedly a lot deeper, so he could risk not getting drafted. Its the same reason why Desaun Thomas left even though he'll be a late 1st or early 2nd.

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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Haha...says he consulted with former UM player Darius Morris....cuz that guy made a smart decision...

The South will NOT rise again!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Pfft! Steve Blake is the greatest PG ever! He should be honored to be his backup.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hello_Heisman's picture

Adios THJ - your career was a bit up and down but you made up for it with your NBA Jam "He's on Fire!!!" performance vs. OSU in February.  Best of luck in the NBA or wherever you end up playing.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Yeah, we don't need a reminder about that game around here, lol! Can't believe how hot Michigan was from the three point line in that game. It was like Jordan Taylor, Etwaan Moore and Brandon Paul all over again. Uggg! 
Anyway, good luck to THJ! 
BTW I didn't downvote you. 

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Hello_Heisman's picture

BME - no worries about the down vote.  Obviously that comes with the territory when a UM fan posts on an OSU site, so even if it was you I wouldn't be offended.  
That game was pretty crazy in hindsight.  In some ways, you could argue it validated the seasons for both teams.  For OSU, even though you guys lost, it gave you confidence that this year's team might be better than first thought by going toe to toe with a Top 5 team in a hostile environment.
And for Michigan, it was a much needed win during a hellish stretch of 4 games (@IU, OSU, @Wisc, @MSU) that nearly killed their season.  I firmly believe that if Michigan loses that game and goes 0-4 in that stretch, they don't end up recovering to go on a long tournament run.  
For about 10-15 minutes in that 2nd half, THJ was in the zone.  Hell of a performance that night.

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Triv's picture

Best of luck to him. His situation is similar to DT's IMO. There's not a whole lot he could do to improve his stock by returning. I actually see the same thing from McGary. His stock is as high right now as it may ever be. So I hope McGary goes this year.
GR3 on the other hand hasn't shown his full potential, but would probably be picked around 15-20 based on potential alone. I hope he and McGary both turn to greener pastures this year

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

tennbuckeye19's picture

I've said this before, but it bears repeating. The saddest part of Tim Hardaway Jr. declaring for the NBA draft is that I believe his dad still needs one more year...         to learn how to wear a sock hat.

Hovenaut's picture

Well that's that.

GRIII, you're up.

McGary, on deck.

Hate Week runneth over

tdible2132's picture

This is certainly a win for the Buckeyes!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Not really.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

tdible2132's picture

I must say though, he's projected as the 55th pick in the draft and that doesn't exactly scream "you should declare early!".  I understand that he probably can't improve his draft stock a whole lot if he comes back another year, but it just seems odd that he'd leave school early when it's not like he's going to be making a ton of money as a high draft pick.  Russ Smith is another guy that had me scratching my head with the thought of leaving early being projected as a late second rounder.

MN Buckeye's picture

He might be ok in the NBA if he's mentally ready.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

2-6 against the Buckeyes....2-8 must have sounded like too much.
i don't think I really disliked him much. He only played one good game against the good guys, IMO . And he had to deal with the Evan turner shot. Ouch

WB

Doc's picture

C ya, wouldn't want to be ya.  Seriously, good luck Tim.  I did enjoy watching him play.  His three ball was deadly when he was on.

"Say my name."

gobucks96's picture

Next year's class is going to be very good. We benefitted from Ross not taking off until the tournament.