Wolverines lose key player to NBA Draft

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Tim Hardaway Jr. is moving on to the next challenge, well aware that he’ll still need to prove himself if he’s going to follow his father’s footsteps in the NBA.

Tim Hardaway Jr. joins Michigan teammate Trey Burke in announcing that he will leave school early.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tim Hardaway Jr. joins Michigan teammate Trey Burke in announcing that he will leave school early.

“Everybody’s going in there with the same mindset,” Hardaway said. “There’s no leeway.”

Hardaway announced Wednesday that he’ll skip his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA Draft. He’s the second Wolverine to declare early for this year’s draft – national player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure on Sunday.

The 6-foot-6 Hardaway started all 107 games he played during his three-year career with the Wolverines, but he’s projected as a second-round pick by DraftExpress.

Players can seek input from an NBA Draft advisory committee before leaving school, but Hardaway said the final choice was one he had to make himself.

“This was my decision. It wasn’t about the advisory committee, it was about my decision and what I wanted to do,” Hardaway said. “I obviously had input from my coaches and my father, but it was my decision and they were behind me 100 percent.”

Hardaway’s father played in the NBA from 1989-2003.

RUTGERS: Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan is returning to New Jersey for what might be a final round of talks with the school about taking over its beleaguered program.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Jordan planned to meet with Rutgers officials today in an attempt to reach a deal.

KANSAS: The university plans to build an $18 million building that will be connected to Allen Fieldhouse and become home to James Naismith’s original rules of basketball.

The facility will also provide dining and meeting facilities for students, faculty and visitors.

In 2010, Kansas alumnus David Booth purchased Naismith’s original two-page document outlining the rules of basketball at an auction for $4.3 million. Booth’s intended for the rules to reside at Kansas, where Naismith founded the school’s basketball program.


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