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Nerlens Noel & Trey Burke are Going to the NBA, but Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary Still Have Two Weeks to Decide

Trey Burke, the fantastic Michigan point guard who helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA title game a week ago, has decided to leave school early for the NBA. This was a no-brainer. So is Nerlens Noel, the Kentucky shot-blocking machine. Also a no-brainer.

Russ Smith? Curious decision. Burke? Smart decision. It’s nearly impossible to think of a scenario where staying in school would have helped Burke, who captured virtually every Player of the Year award imaginable.

But since Burke was such a lock to leave – I’d peg him somewhere in the 9-15 range the real question at his press conference Sunday was regarding the status of three of his teammates – Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Robinson III and Mitch McGary.

All seem likely to leave. As I’ve said repeatedly on the site, the 2014 draft is much more top-heavy, and even if Hardaway/Robinson/McGary aren’t ready, there is a shot all of them go in the Top 20. My guess today is Burke – will he be as good as Mike Conley at the next level? Conley went 4th overall – goes Top 10, Hardaway and McGary go 10-20, and Robinson in the 21-30 range.

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