ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan star Trey Burke is staying with the Wolverines instead of entering the NBA draft.
Burke was weighing his options after a superb freshman season, but said Monday he will stick around. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game and looked comfortable from the start against Big Ten competition.
“Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking and praying about my future — not just about next year but many years down the road,” Burke said. “After gathering information, I am excited to be continuing my education at Michigan as we look to accomplish even more in our 2012-13 season.”
Burke took over at point guard after Darius Morris left early for the NBA following the 2010-11 campaign. Michigan tied for the Big Ten title last season, but the Wolverines have to replace senior starters Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, and sophomore Evan Smotrycz is transferring. Burke would have been difficult to replace.
“I have so much more to develop as both a student and athlete, and there is no better place to do that than here at Michigan,” Burke said.
Coach John Beilein said he worked with Burke to help him make an informed decision.
“We wanted him to think this through carefully so he was 100 percent certain of what he wanted to do moving forward,” Beilein said. “We loved coaching Trey this season. It is very unusual to have a freshman point guard play with such poise and confidence all year long. He is a clutch performer with a great work ethic and a brilliant future in front of him.”
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