To me, it's basically a forgone conclusion that Trey Burke will enter his name into the NBA draft. Look, the kid does not have anything else to prove at this level. He's won a B1G regular season championship, B1G freshmen of the year, swept all the major awards for player of the year in his second season, and led his team to an incredible Final Four run. He came a couple of calls away from achieving the only thing he has yet to accomplish, and that's winning a National Championship. It's expected, and to a certain degree prudent, that he leaves this year for the NBA. Bottom line is, he is ready for the pro's.
My question is, what goes thorugh the minds of other student-athletes who find themselves in similar positions (even those that have not achieved as much as Trey)? There are a few things they surely take into consideration such as: the economic benefits, the "achieving my dream" factor, "my game can't grow anymore at this level with this competition" factor, the "injury" factor etc. All of these are arguments that favor entering the pro-draft. The anlge I had not explored, or thought about before, is if these players might feel selfish for staying when they know, and everyone else knows, they are ready for the next level? Let me explain myself with an easily relatable example... Derrick Walton is a highly touted recruit that plays the same position Trey does and will be an incoming freshmen next year, do you think Trey might consider that as a factor which favors him entering the NBA draft? Does he think: "Hey, it's his time to shine at Michigan and do his thing at the college level."? Is it limited to incoming recruits of the same position? I mean, does he feel like it's Mitch McGary's time to take over this team, or GRIII's time to shine, or LeVert's time to take over, or SPIKE's time? Do you think he feels he does them a disservice by staying and not allowing their individual game to grow?
This does not happen often at Michigan because we rarely have this type of talent in such a young team. It is a much more common occurence in places like Kentucky where 1 and dones are the norm. I think it's an interesting point of view and I'd like to know what everyone else thinks about this.