Could Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. enter NBA Draft after Final Four?

Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) celebrates in the first half against the Florida Gators during the South regional final of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) celebrates in the first half against the Florida Gators during the South regional final of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Darren Heitner, a sports and entertainment attorney and sports business writer for Forbes Magazine, tweeted out on Thursday that Michigan Wolverines stars Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will both be hiring agents after the season.

Of course, they have to navigate their way through the team’s current trip to the 2013 Final Four. This news means that both will be forgoing any future college eligibility and will instead be entering the 2013 NBA Draft.

Burke is a sophomore and would be one of — if not the — best point guard in the draft if he leaves. Hardaway Jr. is a junior and is currently viewed as a solid second-round pick.

File this one under the ‘Odd Timing Department’.

Generally speaking, players in these types of situations wait until after the season to make any declaration with regards to whether they will be staying or going. Further, the fact that agents have already been named by Mr. Heitner could potentially land Burke and Hardaway Jr. in some hot water.

The Wolverines’ Final Four showdown against Syracuse, in all likelihood, is coming up to quickly to run any sort of investigation, but one can never be too sure. That holds especially true with current NCAA president Mark Emmert, whom Jay Bilas reamed for his decision making with regards to the ongoing investigation into Miami.

Any communication with an agent could be a violation. Why would Burke or Hardaway risk missing out on a chance at a title by not waiting the extra week to talk to an agent once the year was all wrapped up?

Big Ten Network analyst Tom Deinhart was thinking the same thing:

The Detroit Free Press asked Michigan coach John Beilein about the report during his pre-Final Four press conference from the Georgia Dome.

“Why don’t we just talk about the games? I’m not going to talk about that. I know nothing about any reports. You know how we work. Let’s talk about the game tomorrow. Michigan’s at a point right now where Michigan’s in the Final Four. Please, do not even bring any of those things up. Those are not important issues right now. Not at all.”

The millions can wait another week. So can the showdowns against superstars such as Kobe or LeBron.

Until then, Burke, Hardaway Jr., Beilein and the rest of the Wolverines have a tall task at hand in the Orange.

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