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Dienhart: Hardaway Jr. makes 'curious' decision

First, it was Trey Burke declaring for the NBA draft. Wednesday, it was Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. making his future plans known. Hardaway’s decision to go pro is a more curious one, when you consider he’s projected by many to be a second-round selection. At best, he could slip into the late first round. Bottom line: Hardaway is a role player—at best—who always likely will have to fight for a roster spot. For what it’s worth, here’s a look at where a couple mock drafts have Hardaway Jr. going: [ RELATED: View 2013 NBA Draft Big Ten

Dienhart: Should NBA have MLB style draft?

Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft. “(My preference would) probably be very much like baseball,” Beilein said. “I think that would be a great thing. If there’s a Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) out of high school, he can get that big contract and go. “If not, go (to college) for three years and make an educated decision. Then guys can redshirt and do all these things. That’s ideal in my mind.” Really, it’s a brilliant idea that I would love to see adopted. We know the colleges would like

Dienhart: Was matter of when, not if, for Burke

Michigan’s Trey Burke has declared for the NBA draft. No shock there. What is shocking is that it took him so long to make a decision. In fact, it seemed to be a matter of when—not if—he would turn pro. The 6-0 point guard is projected by most to be a top-10 pick in the June draft. mock draft mock draft If you recall, Burke almost bolted Ann Arbor after last season. [ AP: Burke leaving Michigan early for NBA draft ] But Burke opted to return for his sophomore season after helping Michigan win a share of its

Watch Burke announce future plans today

Everybody’s player of the year Trey Burke will announce his future plans at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, and will air the press conference live. Watch it here. Burke, a sophomore, just led Michigan to its first NCAA title game since 1993. Along the way, the point guard averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists en route to winning every award imaginable, from the Naismith to the Wooden. [ AP: Michigan’s Trey Burke to announce plans Sunday ] What will Burke decide? Reports indicate he’s likely headed to the NBA. He’d be the fourth Big Ten underclassmen to forgo

Big Ten Geeks: Looking Ahead to 2013-14

We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap. While these numbers will likely change over the next week (especially for Michigan), here’s a current summary of what each team returns for 2013-14: With these numbers in mind, here’s a few thoughts on each team: Indiana will take a major drop, but it helps to drop from such a

2013 NBA Draft: Big Ten early entrants

The 2013 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 27. Any underclassman who enters his name into the draft has until Tuesday, April 16 to withdraw and retain college eligibility. Several Big Ten players face the decision of staying in school or turning pro. See all the decisions in this post. Here’s the list of Big Ten players who have declared for the draft: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., Ohio State: DIENHART COLUMN | AP STORY | MORE THOMAS Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT% 2010-11 OhioSt 37 0 14.0 7.5 3.5 0.5 0.4

Big Ten Geeks: Wolverines come up short

In Monday’s national championship, Michigan kept up its impressive tournament run of scoring on the college game’s best defenses, but its own defense just couldn’t slow Louisville enough to take home the title. In the first half, Michigan’s offensive efficiency came from the unlikeliest of sources. Trey Burke picked up his second foul just nine minutes into the game, and the reins of the attack were handed to freshman backup Spike Albrecht, who had scored a total of 67 points all season. Improbably, Albrecht scorched the nets for 17 points on just seven shots in the first half, including four-for-four

Power Rankings: Super-early first look at 2013-14

It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, right? Actually, yes, the day after the completion of one season is entirely too early to start analyzing the next. But even if we don’t know which stars will return and which ones will go pro, it’s fun to consider what next season may bring. See my super-early 2013-14 power rankings in this post. And once all the NBA decision are made, I’ll update this list. [ RELATED: How did I do with last year’s super-early rankings? ] No. 1: Michigan State – If Gary Harris and Adreian Payne stay

Clothes Call: Grading this year's alternate uniforms

The 2012-13 hoops season now complete, it’s time to look back at all of the alternate/throwback uniforms Big Ten teams wore during the successful campaign. By my count, there were 13 new special looks, four of which came from NCAA runner-up Michigan. See all of the uniforms and get my grades for each one in the gallery in this post. Did I miss one? Leave it in the comment box below or send it to me on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). To see the grades, click on any image and it appears in the text portion at the bottom of the photo.

Today's links: What next for Michigan?

Michigan’s run for the national championship game up short. But the Wolverines have no shame in falling 82-76 to No. 1 overall seed Louisville. Have to start daily links right there. Michigan’s improbable march to the national championship game is evidence that the program is back among the nation’s elite—and it’s not going anywhere. Hey, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free-Press concurs. So, you know it must be true. Was this Trey Burke’s final game in Maize and Blue? Tim Hardaway, Jr.? Mitch McGary? Glenn Robinson III? Perhaps. But, no matter who leaves early, the Wolverines still figure to have