Posted April 14, 2013

Michigan’s Trey Burke declares for NBA draft

2013 NBA draft, Ben Golliver, Trey Burke
Michigan's Trey Burke has declared for the NBA draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Michigan’s Trey Burke has declared for the NBA draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke declared for the NBA draft on Sunday.

“It’s always been a dream for me to play in the NBA, growing up as a kid, having a desire to have an NBA career one day,” Burke said at a press conference, according to MLive.com. “Now that it’s here, I’m definitely fortunate and blessed.”

SI.com’s Chris Mannix has Burke ranked No. 5 on his latest Big Board.

It wasn’t a perfect NCAA tournament for Burke, who was so-so in Michigan’s opening-round win over South Dakota State and terrible in the Wolverines’ Final Four victory over Syracuse. Still, Burke’s consistent play over the course of the season has a lot of GMs believing that he is an eventual starting point guard. A 24-point effort (in 26 minutes) against Louisville’s swarming defense in the national title game didn’t hurt, either.

Burke, 20, averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds for the Wolverines, who lost to Louisville in the NCAA title game. Burke shot 46.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from deep on the season, earning first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AP All-America honors.

A native of Ohio, Burke is listed at 6-foot and 190 pounds. He ranks No. 7 on DraftExpress.com’s top 100  and No. 7 on Chad Ford’s top 100 at ESPN Insider.

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