Michigan Junior Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to Declare For 2013 NBA Draft

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Word broke early on Wednesday morning that Michigan had called a press conference for junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

The press conference obviously dealt directly with Hardaway Jr.’s decision in regard to the 2013 NBA Draft. Well, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Hardaway Jr. is indeed leaving Michigan and will head to the professional ranks.

Hardaway Jr.’s decision to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility does not come as a particular surprise, considering Hardaway Jr. is considered a first round selection in this June’s upcoming draft. NBADraft.net lists Hardaway Jr. as the No. 25 selection in their latest mock draft.

In his three seasons at Michigan, Hardaway Jr. has always presented the feel of a decent scorer. He averaged double figures in each of those three seasons, including a 14.5 points per game mark here in 2013. In addition to those scoring numbers, Hardaway Jr. also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Hardaway Jr. was a key focal point in Michigan’s run to the National Championship game here in 2013 and has been considered one of four Wolverines facing NBA Draft decisions. Starting point guard and college basketball Player of the Year Trey Burke has already declared and will likely be the first such player at his position drafted in June.

Michigan fans are still awaiting the draft decisions of freshmen prospects Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.

 

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