- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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In a message on the Michigan official website Thursday afternoon, Michigan coach John Beilein called reports of Trey Burke's departure "premature" and said the freshman is working to finish his assignments for the winter semester.
"With only one full week of classes remaining, Trey and his teammates, like all students at Michigan, are working diligently to complete their assignments and prepare for final exams," Beilein wrote.
Beilein said he has met with Burke and Burke's parents, Benji and Ronda, often over the past few weeks to gather information for him to make a decision.
The NCAA deadline to make a decision and return to school is April 10, the same day as the Michigan basketball banquet. The NBA deadline for an early entry declaration is April 29.
"My coaching staff and I have met with Trey and his parents several times over the past two weeks," Beilein wrote. "Collectively, we have gathered and shared with each of them some necessary information that we feel will help Trey make the most informed decision for his future.
"The Burke family has been very receptive to our assistance and appreciates that we have encouraged Trey to take his time and look at all of his options between now and the April 10 deadline."