April 17, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) announced today (Wednesday, April 17) he will forgo his final year of eligibility and submit the necessary paperwork to declare for early entry into the 2013 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.
"After talking it over with my family, the coaching staff, and others in my support system, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA," said Hardaway. "I have appreciated everyone's support and patience while I made this decision. It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA and I feel that I am ready to work toward this dream.
"There will be challenges ahead, but I am looking forward to what the future holds. I know with what I have learned about being a Michigan Man, I will be more than ready for this next phase in my life. This has been the greatest experience playing at Michigan and something I will never forget.
"I cannot thank Coach (John) Beilein, the coaching staff, my teammates, the basketball support staff, and the U-M administration enough for the opportunity they provided me to play at Michigan and the support they gave me along the way. More importantly, I want to thank the Wolverine nation. The positive support they have shown me and this program cannot be measured."
"Since the day Tim arrived in Ann Arbor, he has put his mark on the Michigan program," said U-M head coach John Beilein. "He has been a terrific player, student, leader, teammate, mentor and friend. Tim has had a huge impact on our recent successes, and his three years at Michigan were truly special. We thank him for all he has done to bring this program back to national prominence.
"Tim has worked very hard to develop his game during his time here. He has prepared every day for this opportunity. We know he will work just as hard or harder to make his dream a reality. We fully support his decision and will do whatever we can to assist him. We wish Tim the best in his pursuit of a professional career."
Hardaway, U-M's 14th player with early entry into the NBA Draft, helped Michigan to a 31-8 record in 2012-13, equaling the most wins in U-M history. He also guided the Wolverines to their first Final Four in 20 years, with Michgian advancing to the national title game.
This past season he had career bests for points (14.5), rebounds (4.7) and assists (2.4) per game, as well as field goal percentage (43.7) and three-point field goal percentage (37.4). Hardaway posted 30 double-figure scoring games with seven games of 20-plus points. He helped U-M win its first NIT Season Tip-Off title, earning Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and shooting 57.1 percent from the field in wins over Pittsburgh and Kansas State.
In addition to All-Big Ten first team (coaches) and second team (media) honors, he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 7 first team and to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District V Team.
An All-Big Ten third teamer as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman, Hardaway was instrumental in helping U-M earn three straight selections to the NCAA Tournament. During his career, he compiled 1,532 points to rank 18th on U-M's all-time scoring list. Known for his clutch shooting, Hardaway ranks sixth in school history in three-point field goals (202) and three-point field goal attempts (589). He became the 59th Wolverine to play in 100 games, starting all 107 games he played and missing just one game due to injury.
The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. It will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Tim Hardaway Jr. U-M Career Facts
For his career, Hardaway averaged 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists
Compiled a 76-32 three-year career record
Helped U-M to three NCAA Tournament selections and 2013 national title game
Helped U-M to its first Big Ten regular-season (2012) title in 26 years
2013 All-Big Ten first team (coaches), second team (media)
2012 All-Big Ten third team (coaches & media)
2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches & media)
2011 Big Ten All-Freshman team (coaches), unanimous selection
2013 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree (U-M)
2013 NABC District 7 first team
2013 USBWA's All-District V Team
2012 NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player
Ranks sixth all-time at U-M in career three point field goals (202) and three-point field goal attempts (589)
Ranks 11th all-time at U-M with 107 career starts; 19th Wolverine to start 100 career games
Ranks 18th all-time at U-M in career scoring (1,532 points)
Ranks 46th all-time at U-M with 107 career games; 59th Wolverines to play in 100 career games
Michigan Early Entries to the NBA Draft
|Campy Russell||Jr.||1974||Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 8th pick)|
|Tim McCormick||Sr.#||1984$||Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 12th pick)|
|Eric Turner||Jr.||1984||Detroit Pistons (2nd, 32nd pick)|
|Sean Higgins||Jr.||1990||San Antonio Spurs (2nd, 54th pick)|
|Chris Webber*||So.||1993^||Orlando Magic (1st, 1st pick)|
|Juwan Howard||Jr.||1994||Washington Bullets (1st, 5th pick)|
|Jalen Rose||Jr.||1994||Denver Nuggets (1st, 13th pick)|
|Maurice Taylor*||Jr.||1997||Los Angeles Clippers (1st, 14th pick)|
|Robert Traylor*||Jr.||1998!||Dallas Mavericks (1st, 6th pick)|
|Jamal Crawford||Fr.||2000%||Cleveland Cavaliers (1st, 8th pick)|
|Darius Morris||So.||2011||Los Angeles Lakers (2nd, 41st pick)|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||Jr.||2013|
# Listed as a senior, however, had to apply for early entry as he still had a season of eligibility remaining.
$ Traded to Washington Bullets during NBA Draft.
^ Traded to Golden State Warriors during NBA Draft.
! Traded to Milwaukee Bucks during NBA Draft.
% Traded to Chicago Bulls during NBA Draft.
* NCAA Sanctioned Athlete
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