6A - Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Michigan Daily - michigandaiiy.com
Report: Burke to
enter NBA Draft
Why you shouldn't hate Trey Burke
By DANIEL WASSERMAN
Daily Sports Writer
According to multiple reports,
freshman point guard Trey
Burke has decided to forgo the
remainder of his basketball
career at Michigan and will
enter the upcoming NBA Draft.
CBS Sports was the first to
report the news about Burke's
departure on Wednesday. The
Detroit Free Press - which was
the first to report Burke's plan to
inquire about his draft prospects
two weeks ago, citing his father,
Benji - later reported that Burke
met with Michigan coach John
Beilein on Monday.
If the reports prove true, this
marks the second consecutive
year that the Wolverines will
enter an offseason with a void at
point guard following an under-
classman starter bolting for the
Last season, Darius Morris
left after his sophomore season
and was drafted in the second
round by the Los Angeles Lak-
Word of Burke's decision
quickly spread across the Inter-
net, prompting Burke's family to
"Trey Burke has not declared
for the NBA draft. He is still
enrolled at the University
of Michigan," Benji tweeted
But even if Burke has made up
his mind and informed coaches
of his intentions, the freshman
won't be expected to declare
within the next few days.
This year, the NCAA has
attemnterd to reo-ulate NBA
Draft declarations by imposing
an April 10 deadline - 19 days
before the NBA-mandated April
29 deadline for players to declare
for the draft - for athletes who
have officially declared for the
NBA to withdraw their names
and return to school before the
June 28 draft.
But the April 10 deadline leaves
itself susceptible to a loophole.
Should Burke officially declare
any time before April 10, he must
pull by out by that date in order
to be eligible to return to college.
But he could choose to wait until
after the NCAA's deadline, and as
long as he declares before April
29, he'd still be eligible for the
draft. This leaves additional time
to further gather information or
allow time for a possible change
Even if Burke would chose
to return, Michigan would still
have a void at point guard -
albeit, in the backup role.
This year, senior guard Stu
Douglass slid over from his
shooting guard role to run the
point when Burke was on the
But Douglass's eligibility in
Ann Arbor has expired. Addi-
tionally, freshman guard Carl-
ton Brundidge - one of only
two remaining Wolverines with
any experience at point guard -
chose to transfer after the sea-
In his first year as a Wol-
verine, Burke led Michigan in
points, assists, steals, blocks,
minutes played and 3-point
makes. Burke is given much of
the credit for the program's first
conference title since 1986.
Take all the expectations
you might've had regard-
ing next year's Michigan
men's basketball team and throw
them as vigorously as you can at
something hard, so they explode
into a million little pieces.
Admire the pieces of what
was to be
next year for
them up and
trash Trey DANIEL
Burke. W WASSERMAN
days ago, in
an interview with Burke's father
Benji, the Detroit Free Press
reported that the point guard
was inquiring about his NBA
Draft stock and leaning toward
After an initial panic, most
fans stepped back from the pro-
verbial cliff after realizing that
no matter how good of a season
Burke had, his 5-foot-11 frame
wasn't going to grow three inch-
es into a first-round pick over the
next few weeks. Almost every
draft analyst gave the freshman
a possible late second-round
grade but said he'd most likely go
And then came two eye-open-
ing projected rankings forthe
On Tuesday, ESPN's Andy
Katz pegged Michigan at No.
8, but warned that it "might
change by Thursday." Later that
day, CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman
and Gary Parrish tabbed the
Wolverines at No. 5.
But at 2:57 p.m. on Wednes-
day - less than 24 hours after
his ranlinworep- u bnlished -
Goodman announced via Twit-
ter that he had "some HUGE
news." Moments later, he broke
the story that Burke is planning
to depart Michigan after his
freshman season. And boom.
Just like that, Michigan fans
bolted for the cliff and jumped
without ever looking back.
Even with key departures,
including Zack Novak, Stu Dou-
glass and Evan Smotrycz, the
Wolverines were going tobe
good. How good? A lot of that
depended on how the most tal-
ented recruiting class coming to
Ann Arbor since the Fab Five II
class of 1994 would pan out.
Now we'll never know. And if
Michigan hopes to earn a 2611
NCAA Tournament bid, that
incoming class needs to add a
point guard. And even if it does,
the Wolverines just went from a
top-5 contender nationally to a
team that may fight to stay out of
the Big Ten's worst five teams.
Fans - the same ones who let
the basketball program go unno-
ticed for much of the last decade
- didn't like the taste of that.
They took to Twitter to call
Burke names. They took to mes-
sage boards to doubt that he'll
ever make it. They commented
on articles saying that his depar-
ture means that he isn't Michi-
Nothing he hasn't heard
before, though. A year ago, the
casual Wolverine fan didn't even
know Burke's name. Two years
ago, he was a barely a Big Ten-
quality prospect, committing to
perennial bottom-feeder Penn
State. And three years ago, one
of the only schools to show him
interest was Ohio - ironically,
the same team that ended his
career at Michigan. Do I think
Burke should leave? No.
With another year under his
belt and the expected improve-
ments that typically accompany
added experience, his chances
of being drafted soar. Some top
draft analysts who project Burke
going undrafted this year label
him as a first-round pick in next
year's draft. No, he won't grow
from this year to next year, but
he won't shrink, either.
But to those trashing Burke, I
ask you this: What does he owe
you? A Big Ten Championship?
He already brought you that, and
almost single handedly at that.
After Darius Morris left follow-
ing last season, many wondered
how successfully John Beilein
could work around a void at
point guard. At even the mere
thought of Smotrycz and Tim
Hardaway Jr. struggling like
they did this season, it would've
been hard to project the Wol-
verines finishing above .500 in
conference play. But instead,
a level-headed Burke carried
Michigan through one of the
toughest schedules in the coun-
try. He led Michigan in nearly
every meaningful stat category,
including blocks - yes, blocks -
and in doing so, the Wolverines
won a conference that was wide-
ly considered the nation's best.
Does he owe you wins in the
future? No.. But what future
point-guard recruit wouldn't
want to play for Beilein, who has
sent point guards to the NBA in
back-to-back years? Yes, Burke
and Morris are both immensely
talented, but both saw mete-
oric rises in their stock in a very
short timeframe. Landing better
recruits typically equals more
wins. But none of that matters,
because Burke doesn't owe you,
me or the University anything
The University gave him a
scholarship, which he more than
repaid for by bringing in fans to
fill the seats, retailers selling his
No. 3 jersey and all the addition-
al profits that come along with
a major Division I program that
just won a conference cham-
pionship. But why do we come
to school, anyways? The clich6
answer is for the degree - some-
thing Burke won't attain, at least
in the near future - but last I
checked, no one's end goal in life
is a college degree. We go to col-
lege to earn the degree that will
one day earn us a paycheck.
For more than 99.9 percent of
college students, the paycheck
we want to earn means we'll
need that degree. But not for
Burke. Last year's final draft
selection, Isaiah Thomas, earned
$473,604 this year and is due
for $762,195 next season. Even
top-of-the-class Ross Business
School students wouldn't dream
of entrance-level salaries like
that. And if he goes undrafted
and is forced to test European-
league waters, a six-figure sti-
pend is still headed his way.
It's easy to bash Burke. The
move seems rushed and impul-
sive - exactly the opposite of
the uncanny composure Burke
displayed for a freshman on the
court. But Burke is a good kid,
lacking the ego and immaturity
that too many young athletes
possess these days. Off the court,
he's humble, and genuine. And I
trust his decision incorporated
all of those attributes.
Right or wrong, it doesn't
matter. And if you disagree with
Burke, he still doesn't owe you
anything, because in just a few
months, the team lucky enough
to get Burke will owe him a big
sum of money.
- Wasserman can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVAILABLE FALL. STUDIOS, One
& Two bedroom apartments loctaed
on UM Campus. Call Michigan
Commercial Realty. 734-662-5500.
!NORTH CAMPUS 1-2 Bdrm. !
! Riverfront/Heat/Water/Parking. !
! www.HRPAA.com 996-4992!
! STERLING 411 LOFTS - Reserve
a summer only bed space at U-M's
Best housing. Leases will run from
April 30, 2012 - August 13, 2012. 2
blocks fromCentral Campus anddown-
town. Private baths available. Rates
starting at $660.
NAIL CARE STUDIO (734)214-2166
now open in Meijer Store at 3145 Ann
Arbor Saline Rd. Mon-Sat: 9AM-7 PM
Speciall for Student: $19.99 Spa Pedi-
,,a D Y. cure /Nail Fullset Acrylic/20 mins Foot
T D AYX Reflexology or Chair Massage $9.99;
Eye Brown Waxing
FALL 2012 'TELESCOPE PICTURES HIRING
for 75+ Beach Photographer Positions!
Ocean City, MD- Virginia Beach, VA
Irni __- Panama City Beach, FL. Live and
work at the beach this summer! Earn
available! Apply today; mytele-
fun, and take care of our employees!
RmDAS AT h1wepy, kI~
Los Angeles limes Daily Crossword Puzzle
E&Ied by RichNors ad t ?4IN6 Le".
32o fd f m
I1 _i Ln3gpi3OdWrI~ar 40 VAX* WM ds~l
17Ciqhnud W 7U**t 46Mpbiw eI.
2090 br 1 *we
bad Dl$K"l .IL!!ED TEDUT CLTI
L '!RL TA 1 A N T F T
ba 2cMe ADLY ANNE HUART
! STERLING 411 LOFTS - Reserve
now for 2012 (Spring or Fall). U-M's
BEST housing sold out early for 2010
and 2011, reserve your space for 2012
today. Sign a lease on or before Febru-
ary 29, 2012 and play to win for one of
the following: $50, $100, $150, $200,
no money down until April 2012 or
FREE laundry for a year (value of
$312). 2 blocks from Central Campus
and downtown. 1 to 4 bedroom, private
baths available. Rates from $660.
1 & 2 bdrm., modern, clean, quiet
5 min. walk. Free Wi-Fi.
WE HAVE BRAND NEW LUXURY
APARTMENTS ON -
The 2nd Floor
These apartments have State of the Art
Kitchens and Baths. Beautiful
furnishings and great views of the
campus and the city.
Your new home has many amenities
just waiting for you...
Located right on Central Campus on
South University Ave. Can't get a
THE BEST AMENITIES,
AND BEST PRICES!
Call us for a tour today
Or email us at
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE BEST
LOCATION ON CAMPUS!
Uuiversity Towers is right on Central
Campus with the Best amenities, the
Best service and the Best prices!
**LIMITED UNITS AVAILABLE**
Call us for a tour today
STERLING 411 LOFTS - Reserve
now for 2012 (Spring or Fall). Move in
by May 1stand receive FREE rent for
the first month. U-M's BEST housing
sold out early for 2010 and 2011. Re-
serve your space for 2012 today. 2
blocks from central campus and down-
town. Private baths available.
close to U of M North Campus
great location to everything
1 AN AMERCAN CAMPUS COMMUNITY M&
AVAILABLE FALL.FOUR and five
bedroom duplex in a quiet neighbor-
hood. Walk to football games and
Kroger. Call Michigan Commercial
ARBOR PROPERTIES. DISTINC-
TIVE Award-Winningrentals inKeny-
town, Central Campus, Old West Side,
Burns Park. Now Renting for 2012.
4 BEDROOM HOUSE Available fall.
827 Brookwood. Washer Dryer. 4 prkg
spaces $2300 + utils. 734-996-1991
! STERLING 411 LOFTS - Reserve
a summer ONLY bed space TODAY
at U-M's Best housing. Leases will run
from April 30, 2012 - August 13, 2012
at an all-inclusive rental rate of $600
per month. 2 blocks from central cam-
pus and downtown. Private baths avail-
able. 734-998-4400. www.4elevenlofts.
SPRING OR SUMMER SUBLET- 1
BDRM, 120 S State, FURN, A/C,
LAUNDRY, PARKING, $450/mo +
ART STUDIO, STUDY, OFFICE,
excercise, retail space to LEASE at
UM campus: 2nd fir, 400 SF or St.
Level 1400 SF. Available now. Call
734-995-5454 or 860-355-9665
COLLEGE PRO IS NOW HIRING
painters all across the state to work out-
doors w/other students. Earn $3k-5k.
Advancement opport. + internships. 1-
888-277-9787 or www.collegepro.
sitions Available - $10/hr - Must pass
hair drug screen & background check.
Please apply inperson: Corrigan Mov-
ing Systems, 3600 P.Ellsworth Rd.
AnArbor, Ml 48108
positions are available in Washtenaw
county for dental assistants andsupport
staff at a variety of great practices. Get
your foot in the door by working tem-
porary and get hired. Contact Marina
Marchese at marinamarchese peak-
dental.com, 248-477-5777 or visit our
SEEKING A JOB?
The best on line site to find the job
you deserve. We have jobs in
the Ann Arbor area.
Don't miss out!
We are hiring a new Program Manager
to continue our not-for-profit College
Prep program in Hamtramck, Michi-
gan. Candidate must be knowledge-
able about the ACT test, college appli-
cation process, and be able to recruit
and manage student volunteers. See ad-
ditional program details at: http://ascot-
.-html - Send inquiries & resume to:
Paid survey takers need in A2.
100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.
WORKON MACKINAC Island This
Summer - Make lifelong friends. The
Island House Hotel and Ryba's Fudge
Shops are looking for help in all areas:
Front Desk, Bell Staff, Wait Staff,
Sales Clerks, Kitchen, Baristas. Hous-
ing, bonus, and discounted meals.(906)
FEMALE NANNY needed in Ann
18 - Aug 31. Must have own car;
$10/hour; Call Lisa @ 734-997 9676
NANNY PART-TIME (3 days/week)
needed for our 2 school-aged girls in
our Novi home from June 18 to end of
August. NON-SMOKER ONLY, $10
per hour, must have own transporta-
tion. Please email information/resume
67IT 4. w
SUMMER STORAGE STUDENT
Specials- Indoor and closestto campus.
Book online now annarborstorage.com
or call 734- 663-0690