Tim Hardaway Jr. to leave Michigan for NBA

April 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 17 (UPI) -- Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said Wednesday he is leaving the Michigan basketball program and entering the NBA draft.

Hardaway played a key role in the Wolverines' school-record 31-win season that ended in the NCAA Tournament final, in which Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 to win the title. He scored 12 points in the game, to go with five rebounds and four assists.

Hardaway -- the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway -- averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game this past season.

"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," Hardaway said. "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."

Hardaway joins teammate Trey Burke, who won several national Player of the Year awards this season, in leaving Michigan for the NBA. Burke was a sophomore guard for the Wolverines.

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