Hardaway Jr. follows Burke to NBA

After three seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that he'll be forgoing his senior year with the Wolverines and enter the 2013 NBA draft. Hardaway Jr. and John Beilein discuss the decision inside.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Lauded as one of if not the best backcourt in the country in the 2012-13 season, Michigan will be replacing both Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. when they resume practice in the fall. Burke made the news official at a press conference Sunday afternoon while Hardaway Jr. officially announced his intentions to enter the 2013 NBA draft Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at Crisler Center.

“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 Jr. “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.”

Hardaway Jr. leaves Michigan as a three time All-Big Ten selection, amassing 1,532 points, and is the 59th Wolverine to play in 100 career games.

His coach, John Beilein, reflects on a very successful and developmental three years of time in Ann Arbor, believing Hardaway Jr.’s journey has prepared him for this moment and his future.

“Since the day Tim arrived in Ann Arbor, he has put his mark on the Michigan program,” said 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.

“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.”

Hardaway Jr. averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this past season in helping lead Michigan to a 31-8 record, and an appearance in the national championship game.

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