ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke is exploring his options of whether to return to Michigan for his sophomore season or leave for the NBA. He hasn’t declared. He hasn’t decided.
For now, he’s just doing research.
Burke’s father, Benji, outlined Wednesday what it would take for Burke to leave Michigan and reasons why he would stay.
“What Trey is looking for is to get reassurance he is around the No. 20 pick,” Benji Burke told WolverineNation. “He doesn’t want to drop into the second round even though the first 10 picks of the second round are one-year guarantees. I think he wants to kind of get some information that he’d be around that 20 pick.
“If he doesn’t, he’ll probably come back and try to go deeper. He wants to go deeper into the NCAA tournament and go from there. Right now he’s at Michigan, and that’s what we want to focus on.”
Benji Burke said they have heard from some credible sources he could land in the 18-to-24 range in the draft. That said, Benji Burke said that usually means more toward the end of the first round.
And it has left him and his wife, Ronda, saying if it were up to them, their son would return to Ann Arbor next season. Benji Burke added his son likes his teammates, coaching staff and the situation the Wolverines would be in next season.
“I would love to hear he’s a solid mid-first round pick. For us to go, I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” Benji Burke said. “But because we’re not hearing that, we’re saying, ‘Trey, why are we rushing? We just got to Ann Arbor, why are we rushing? Come back. Run the team again and let’s take it from there.’
“You just try to look at both sides.”
That is what the Burke family is doing. Trey Burke's draft stock might never be higher. Or, it could take a jump with a successful sophomore season. He is considering his future. While he does, Michigan basketball waits to see what is next.