I’m not going to sit here on some mountain top and say Michigan star Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a mistake by choosing to go pro.
It doesn’t matter that some project him to only be a second-round pick or that he isn’t considered one of the top five guards entering the NBA draft.
Hardaway has his own mind and his own group to turn to for advice. Plus, his dad played in the NBA. You can’t ask for any better person to seek out advice from than a former player.
Maybe he will succeed. A draft is all a guessing game anyway. The player that you think is a can’t-miss turns out to be a brick.
The player you think only has a minimal chance of succeeding at the next level finds a way to thrive.
Hardaway certainly played a pivotal role in Michigan’s run to the national championship game. The junior guard averaged 14.5 points per outing and dished out 93 assists while tallying 26 steals.
The numbers aren’t overly impressive, but you also have to keep in mind that Hardaway played on a team loaded with talent, including national player of the year Trey Burke.
I do think Hardaway has the talent be successful in the NBA even though another year of college basketball would do nothing but help his potential.
Still, in the end, it’s not my decision to make. The decision belongs to Hardaway and he has chosen to take his talents to the NBA.
Only time will tell if it was the right move to make.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.