You have no idea who I am, or even have any clue that this website exists, but I took a picture with you a year ago. You had just announced you were coming back for a second year and had campus buzzing about it. The first time the Michigan fan base had been buzzing about basketball since we had a special group of five players in the ’90s.
You are known for more than just “the shot” or even “the steal“, and even sweeping all possible National Player of the Year awards imaginable. You also helped bring basketball back. Michigan basketball is relevant again, because of you. Sure, the table was set by the others that came before you. You were the one who came to eat. We speak of Michigan basketball with pride again, and the foul taste of sanctions that set the program back years is finally gone. The fog has lifted, you were the one to do it.
As you embark on your journey to the NBA, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. For everything. The hours of film, the hours of game prep, the hours taking shots, the hours in the weight room, and the hours of blood, sweet and tears you devoted to this program. All of this hard work came full circle when you announced that you were leaving the University of Michigan today.
Just one thing I ask of you, even if you never read this, don’t forget where you came from. Always bleed maize and blue. Unlike the famous five basketball players that came before you, we will celebrate you, we will love you, and we will always remember what you have done for this university. Even if you couldn’t bring the National Championship home to us, your contributions and memories that you left in Crisler will forever be imprinted on the forefront of our minds, and for generations to come. It’s not every day that a player like you graces our basketball team. But, after what you’ve done, I hope that happens more often.
I know your choice probably wasn’t easy, you’ve had the luxury of doing so for the past two seasons, not many can say they have that luxury. Your decision is yours alone, and I respect that. The NBA provides greater challenges, greater than the one’s you’ve exceeded at the college level — and exceeded with ease. No matter where you end up in the draft, you will always have a fan in me. If you do one thing in your life, represent the University of Michigan with pride.
All good things must come to an end, just like this letter, but your end has a brand new beginning. Even though we won’t see you on the court, the point guards who come after you have big shoes to fill. They have a goal because of you, you are the one who helped make Michigan what it is now. For me, as a fan, I’m in awe of what you’ve accomplished for such a short amount of time.
For a kid from Columbus who took a chance on the University of Michigan, thank you. For providing such excitement throughout your two years on campus, thank you. For gracing us with your presence on the court, thank you.
For everything, thank you.
Thank you, Trey.
– Michigan fans everywhere