ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - During a Sunday afternoon news conference, University of Michigan basketball player Trey Burke said he was declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Burke told the assembled reporters Crisler Center that he felt like it was time to go.
"Looking back, I could not be happier with my decision to return for my sophomore year at the University of Michigan," said Burke. "As a team we showed what hard work and sticking together can do when faced with any adversity we had this year. We knew this team had the potential to make it the Final Four and I'm proud of everything we accomplished this year. These guys will always be my brothers and the memories we've made will stick with me forever.
"After talking it over with my family and coaching staff and weighing all my options, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft. I feel that is the right decision for me and my future. It has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA and I feel excited and well prepared to take that next step in my career.
"My time at Michigan has helped me grow tremendously as both a basketball player and as a person. I will always be grateful for the opportunity coach Beilein and his staff gave me to wear the Maize and Blue. I have learned so much from this staff and this university about what is really important if you want to be successful in your future. I love the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community and it will always be a place I call home.
"I'd like to thank my teammates, my coaching staff, my family and the best fans in the world for making my two years at Michigan very special."
"Trey's desire to be the best at everything he does has helped Michigan Basketball achieve things it hadn't done in 20 years," said UM head coach John Beilein. "I am extremely proud of the young man he's become and believe he is prepared to take the next step in his career.
"His incredible work ethic and effective leadership skills will serve him well in the NBA and during the many opportunities he will have the rest of his life. He is a winner at heart and I am confident he will continue to have even more success in all of his future endeavors.
"Today is an extraordinary day for Trey, his family and the University of Michigan. On behalf of the entire Michigan Basketball family, we wish him the best of luck in his professional career and we will be rooting for him every step of the way!"
During his two years at the University of Michigan, Burke led the team to a shared Big 10 Title and the school's first final four trip in 20 years.
Burke's declaration isn't a surprise as it comes after he led the Michigan Wolverines to a second place finish in the NCAA March Madness Men's Basketball national championship tournament.
The Wolverines' star point guard was also the consensus national player of the year, winning all four major college basketball player of the year awards this season.
Michigan would end up losing the national title to the Louisville Cardinals in an 82-76 thriller.
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