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Three players transfer, Burke eyes NBA

By LUKE PASCH both be freshmen next year and
Daily Sports Editor will likely be expected to make
an immediate impact in the Wol-
On Wednesday afternoon, verine frontcourt.
Michigan coach John Beilein Beilein would have more
released a statement announcing trouble fillinga hole at the point-
that sophomore forward Evan guard position should freshman
Smotrycz, sophomore forward sensation Trey Burke decide to
Colton Christian and freshman leave for the 2012 NBA draft.
guard Carlton Brundidge all Burke's father, Benji, revealed
decided to leave the Wolverines. to the Detroit Free Press on
Beilein's announcement was Wednesday that they are taking
concise, and he did not reveal any the option of going to the NBA
motives for their decision. under serious consideration.
"All three are fine young men "I think that, for the most
with bright futures," Beilein said. part, when you have a season
"We wish them and their fami- as a freshman like he did, the
lies nothing but success going NBA, they like them young. They
forward." think their ceiling is higher when
The departures of Christian they're young," Benji Burke said.
and Brundidge are speculated to "Trey had some good games and
be a result of their minimal play- a solid season for a freshman.
ing time in a Michigan uniform. It's going to be one of the weaker
Both were reserve players that point guard drafts in years.
didn't see the floorvery often. "The second thing is he was
Smotrycz's departure comes considered high. He does have
as more of a some juice
surprise, as right now.
he's played in It didn't end
every game "All three are well, but he
over his two ended up hav-
seasons, start- fine young men ing some great
ing in a good games.
portion of with bright " can't say
those games, he's coming
as well. His futures." back, can't say-
inside and out- ing he's leav-
side presence ing. If it had
was typically my way, he'd
tough for opponents to defend, be coming back."
and his absence from the lineup Burke averaged a team-high
next season may be quite notice- 36 minutes and 14.8 points per
able. game last season, and replac-
In his last game, Smotrycz was ing that production would be
an impressive 6-for-7 from the tough. Walk-on junior guard Eso
floor and registered 15 points. But Akunne is currently on the depth
his last play wearing maize was chart behind Burke at the point
the turnover he committed down guard position. Akunne hasn't
the stretch to seal the Wolver- played since January, when he
ines' loss to Ohio in the second injured his foot in a game at Pur-
round of the NCAA Tournament. due.
"It's just a matter of what I The Burke family will have to
thought was the right fit, some- make its final decision by April
thing my family agreed on," 10, which is the last day for pros-
Smotrycz told ESPN's Wolverin- pects to withdraw their names
eNation on Wednesday. "I don't from the draft.
want to say too much right now Benji Burke says the family is
in being sensitive to the coaching waiting to hear more information
staff. But it was a decision I had about Trey's draft stock before
to make to be somewhere I was making a decision.
happy." Should Burke opt to leave, it
Though Smotrycz is leaving would be the second time in two
the program, Beilein should be seasons that Beilein loses a start-
able to fill the hole with the tal- ing underclassman point guard
ent coming in the 2012 recruiting to the NBA, after then-sopho-
class. Indiana natives Glenn Rob- more guard Darius Morris bolted
inson III and Mitch McGary will after last season.

SOFTBALL
Michigan
throttles
Eagles
Chidester's grand
slam, Driesenga's
five strong innings
pace Wolverines
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan softball coach Carol
Hutchins hasn't been impressed
with her team's offense over the
past couple
of weeks. E. MICHIGAN 2
But MICHIGAN 10
Hutchins
was pleased Wednesday night,
as the Wolverines recorded eight
hits - the first time since Feb. 25
- against Eastern Michigan (9-15
overall) in their home opener.
Senior first baseman Amanda
Chidester hit her fifth career
grand slam, senior center fielder
Bree Evans went 2-for-3 with
two hits and an RBI, and No. 20
Michigan (18-9) won in convinc-
ing fashion, 10-2 in five innings.
"I thought it was a team
effort, because it was everybody
- it wasn't just one person get-
ting a big hit," Hutchins said.
"(Chidester) doesn't get a grand
slam without runners on base.
"Having base runners tonight
was my favorite partofthe game."
The Wolverines had previously
struggled to capitalize with run-
ners on base this season. Michi-
gan has been able to get plenty of
runners on base but hasn't been
able to bring them in - the team
has left 167 runners onbase so far
this season.
But Wednesday night was dif-
ferent. Hits and runs started
pouring in during the first inning.
Evans led off with a double to
center field.
Another hit bysophomoreright
fielder Lyndsay Doyle and ascri-
fice bunt by Chidester putttwo in
scoring position for the Wolver-
ines, and junior Ashley Lane was
walked to load the bases. Things "
were off to a hot start for Michi-
gan, as it led 2-1 after one inning
at home.
It didn't stop there. The
Wolverines scored eight runs
in the third inning, including
Chidester's grand slam. Fresh-
man pitcher Sara Driesenga
began the scoring, hitting a two-
run a home run to extend Michi-
gan's lead, 4-1.
After the entire squad met Dri-
esenga and senior third baseman
Stephanie Kirkpatrick at home
plate while the crowd sang along
to "The Victors," it was back to
business.
Junior shortstop Amy Knapp
singled to left field, freshman
catcher Lauren Sweet walked and
sophomore Nicole Sappingfield
singled to right field to load the
bases.
Evans singled to bring in

Knapp, and Doyle was walked,
bringing in Sweet and loadingthe
bases once again.
Then came Chidester's hit.
Though her grand slam may
have been the highlight of
the game, both Chidester and
Hutchins know the matchup was
a genuine team effort - all but
one player recorded a hit.
"I think it was very much
(everyone doing their part
tonight)," Chidester said. "In the
beginning of the (first) inning,
Bree's part is to get on, she gets
on. Lyndsay's part (is to) move
her over or get on, (and she) did
both. It just continually hap-
pened throughout the entire
game. We had base runners on,
and people hit in. It was perfect."
Driesenga also contributed
to the team effort in her first
appearance since March 11, com-
pleting the five innings with
two runs - one earned - on
three hits, and pitching three
shutout innings. The righty has
been struggling as of late, but
Hutchins was impressed with
her improved command and fin-
ish.
"Sara did a nice job, and she's
worked very hard," Hutchins
said.
"She's had to work through
some adversity, and once you
get through adversity, it really
empowers you. She's on the right
track."

ALDEN REISS/Daily
Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (top) is one of three players transferring out of the Michigan program. Freshman
guard Trey Burke (bottom) will test the NBA draft waters to see where he might be selected.
Call: #734-410-4115
Email: dailydisplay@gmail.com

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