One week after losing a heartbreaking national championship game, Michigan guard Trey Burke, the recently named National Player of the Year, was in Oklahoma City to accept the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
And because of that, he was able to give his unique perspective on one of the hottest topics in the local sports scene: Should Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart go pro?
Burke didn't specifically direct Smart either way, but rather shared his own personal experience from a year ago.
Although not projected to go as high, Burke had the opportunity to skip his final three seasons in Ann Arbor for a chance to go to the NBA.
Instead, he stayed put, grew as a player and person, averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists and led Michigan to its first Final Four since 1993.
Burke has already declared for this June's NBA Draft and is projected as a top-10 pick. And looking back, he shared his opinion on how that original decision to stay might have benefitted him in the long run.
Q: What are your thoughts on the one-and-done rule?
A: “I think everybody's situation is different. Everybody is in different scenarios. I feel like if you have that opportunity and you feel like you're ready, then you should be able to look into that opportunity or want to see where you stand in the draft, like I did last year. Some people may want to go after the first year because of their financial situation, because of their family situation, they need to take care of people. So everybody's situation is different and I can't just sit up here and say everybody goes through the same process. So it's going to all come down to your heart.”
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