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Sophomore PG Burke leaving Michigan early for NBA Draft

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke is leaving Michigan early for the NBA Draft.

The Associated Press national player of the year announced his decision Sunday. The move came as no surprise. Burke considered going pro a year ago but decided to come back for his sophomore season. He led Michigan to the NCAA title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville.

The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game in 2012-13. He made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA tournament, a long 3-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent that regional semifinal to overtime.

Michigan made the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and Burke scored 24 points in the championship game despite early foul trouble.

Burke took over as Michigan's point guard as a freshman when Darius Morris decided to go pro after his sophomore season. Now Michigan faces the same scenario. Incoming recruit Derrick Walton Jr. may have a chance to run the team right away, and Spike Albrecht -- who scored 17 points in the title game -- is also expected back after backing up Burke.

It would have been quite shocking if Burke came back for another season. The main question for Michigan is how many other players the Wolverines might lose. Junior Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are also considered candidates to turn pro.

Burke leaves after bringing Michigan back to heights the program hadn't enjoyed in some time. In 2012, the Wolverines tied for their first regular-season Big Ten title since 1986. This year, they equaled the Fab Five by making it all the way to the national championship game.

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