June 27, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Former University of Michigan men's basketball guards Trey Burke (2012-13) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011-13) were selected today (Thursday, June 27) as the ninth and 24th overall picks, respectively, during the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft held at the Barclays Center. Burke was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then traded to the Utah Jazz for two first-round selections, while Hardaway was taken by the New York Knicks.
The Maize and Blue duo's selection marks the first time in 19 years two Wolverine players have been chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft. Burke is also the first Wolverine to be chosen among the top 10 since 2000, when Jamal Crawford was selected eighth by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Burke and Hardaway helped Michigan to a 31-8 record in 2012-13, equaling the most wins in U-M history. They guided the Wolverines to their first Final Four in 20 years, advancing to the national title game before losing to Louisville.
Burke became just the second Wolverine to be named the Consensus National Player of the Year, honored by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) with the Oscar Robertson Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club with the John R. Wooden Award and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club with the Naismith Trophy and by Sports Illustrated. He also earned consensus All-America honors, the Bob Cousy Award for the Top Collegiate Point Guard and the Big Ten's Player of the Year as well as All-Big Ten first team selection.
Burke finished the 2012-13 season averaging career bests in points (18.6), assists (6.67), field goal percentage (46.3), three-point percentage (38.4), free throw percentage (80.1) and steals (1.59). Scoring in double figures in 37 of 39 games this season, Burke recorded the fifth-highest point total in U-M history with 727 and became just the sixth Wolverine to record 700-plus points in a single season. He was the only Big Ten player to score at least 15 points in every conference game.
Burke also led the Big Ten with 6.67 assists per game in 2012-13, 12th in the nation. He closed the season setting the U-M single-season and sophomore-class record with 260 total assists. Burke cracked U-M's all-time top 10 in assists, becoming just the eighth Wolverine to surpass 400 in a career. Overall, he is seventh with 416 assists. In two seasons in Ann Arbor, Burke started 72 of 73 career games, compiling 1,231 points, 242 rebounds and 416 assists.
Hardaway averaged 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. In addition to garnering 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 started all 107 career games and compiled 1,532 points to rank 18th on U-M's all-time scoring list. Hardaway ranks sixth in school history in three-point field goals (202) and three-point field goal attempts (589).
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