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April 12, 2013Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke hasn't tipped his hand on whether he will return to U-M or declare himself eligible for the NBA draft, but he has set a date. Burke said everyone would know his decision soon.
Burke is in Los Angeles with his parents and head coach John Beilein to accept the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year.
"It's still up in the air. I will definitely be announcing in the next couple of days," Burke said during an ESPN interview. "The good thing is Coach Beilein is out here in L.A. with me and we have an opportunity to sit down and discuss things, not only with him but with my family."
Burke capped his outstanding season with 24 points in the national title game against Louisville, an 82-76 loss, and won the James Naismith Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Associated Press player of the year awards. He's expected to announce he is foregoing his junior year to enter the draft.
"It'll definitely be a tough decision, just like last year. I'm sure with the guidance and the elders I have around me that I'll be making the right one," Burke said. "It definitely will be a decision I feel like I have to get off my chest in the next couple of days. I'm sure everyone wants to know where my mind is at and what direction I'm heading. I'll have a chance to sit down with my coach while I'm here and we'll come up with a decision."
Burke has applied for an evaluation by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and is expected to hear back by Monday. If he were to submit his name, he'd only have until then to take his name out. Nearly every draft analyst projects him as a top 10 or 15 pick.
Teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are also projected first rounders by some, while Tim Hardaway Jr. could be a first- or second-rounder. All three have yet to announce they are coming back.
Burke told ESPN radio in Los Angeles Sunday would likely be the day he announces, adding he's anxious to put the championship game loss behind him and move on.
"I've been hearing different things, top-10 pick, mid-first round," Burke said. "I really won't know until the draft. It's a lot that goes into this process, and that's why I feel like I need to take my time on making a decision. With a decision like this, you don't want to make too quick a decision. You want to make the right one and do what's best for you and your future."