Hardaway Jr. didn't ask NBA for evaluation
April, 9, 2012
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesTim Hardaway Jr. said he didn't play well enough this season to warrant a jump to the NBA.Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. did not ask the NBA advisory board for an evaluation after this season.
"I felt like I wasn't ready," Hardaway Jr. said. "I felt like I had a lot to work on. … I was very disappointed in myself and how I played in the season and I felt like I could’ve done better to help this team out."
Hardaway Jr. said he thinks he needs to work more on his defense and ball-handling before he's ready to turn pro.
However, it wasn't just in those categories that Hardaway Jr. struggled this season. The sophomore had streaks of on-again, off-again shooting. He hit just 28 percent from behind the arc -- nearly a nine-percent drop between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
His free throw percentage also dropped five percent, while his field goal percentage and rebounds per game stayed at the same level.
Michigan coach John Beilein said he wasn’t surprised at all that Hardaway Jr. didn’t consider the NBA.
"Tim and I talk about this all the time, and his dad and I have talked about it on occasion as well," Beilein said. "Tim is very well aware of the NBA and what he has to do, and his dad keeps him apprised of it. And he loves Michigan, as well."