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Beilein won't discuss possible early departures


ATLANTA (AP) - The last thing Michigan coach John Beilein wants to discuss at the Final Four is the possibility that some of his best players might leave early for the NBA.

Beilein said Thursday he's not going to talk about that. He said: "Please do not even bring any of those things up. Those are not important issues right now. Not at all."

All-America guard Trey Burke could be the top candidate to leave thanks to a terrific sophomore season. He considered a jump to the NBA a year ago but decided to come back.

Junior Tim Hardaway Jr. has also shown NBA potential, and freshman Glenn Robinson III has been impressive.

But first thing's first - Michigan takes on Syracuse on Saturday night in a national semifinal.

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