Trey Burke has a decision to make.
Does he go pro or does he stick around another year to try and help Michigan make another run at a national championship?
Burke, who could make his decision by Sunday, dropped 24 points in the Wolverines’ title game loss to Louisville on Monday night. He was the best player in the Big Ten and the best player in the country. Most draft experts are projecting him to go in the top 15.
The stock for Burke has never been higher, and while I’m all for players sticking around for as long as possible at the college level and relishing the experience, you have to strike when the iron is hot — and for Burke, the iron is white hot.
He is coming off a remarkable season with the Wolverines, and it’s impossible to put a price tag on his value to Michigan and its ability to advance all the way to the championship game. Burke averaged 18.6 points per game this year and made the Wolverines’ offense tick night in and night out.
Losing Burke will be a big loss for the Wolverines to absorb, but Burke needs to take advantage of his situation.
Granted, being a top-10 or 15 pick doesn’t guarantee success in the NBA, but the iron is as hot as its ever been, and Burke needs to strike it while he has a chance. My guess is he will announce he is headed to the NBA.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.