SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2014) – The NBA announced today that Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played during the month of April, marking the third month he has won the award.
Having already been recognized as the recipient in both December and January, Burke (6-1, 190, Michigan) became the first player in franchise history to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards. Karl Malone was named NBA Rookie of the Month in December 1985, the only previous monthly rookie honor for the Jazz. The award, which has been given monthly since the 1981-82 season, was originally the NBA Rookie of the Month before splitting into Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month in 2001-02.
It's difficult to not speculate whether Trey's increasingly well-rounded play would be getting more hype if he was playing in a larger TV market. It seems most pundits have already handed the ROY award to Michael Carter-Williams, which is understandable considering MCW stats. That said, I'm curious to see some of the (unbiased /s) arguments on this board as to why Trey may be more deserving.
Not recruited out of HS by U of M, but he went to Pioneer and is looking to transfer closer to home. Originally, he was at Owens Junior College in Ohio. Averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes, connected on 48.5 percent (65-134) of shots from field, 40.5 percent (15-37) from long range at Miami (YTM) last year.
The three game suspension raises some concerns and it is unlikely that he will be able to play next year. Anyone who knows more than I do: is there potential for interest in Kelly from the coaching staff?
I don't know how to embed a twitter message, but UMHoops posted this. It was news to me, so I thought I'd pass it on...Also, FWIW, he's listed at 6'8" 213lbs on the game roster.
On today's recruiting roundup (podcast), Sam Webb provided a good overview of where Michigan's basketball recruiting stands in regard to late 2014 signings and possible transfers. Here are the highlights:
- Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins (both of whom Sam talked to) are scheduled to be on campus this weekend at the same time, setting up an interesting dynamic because Sam believes that Michigan would want just one of them, not both.
- Abdur-Rahkman has Michigan at the top of his list; he has no other visits scheduled and won't decide on taking any other visits until after his Michigan visit.
- Dawkins has Michigan and Dayton at the top of his list; he has a visit to Dayton scheduled for next week.
- Input from Michigan players will play a key role in Michigan's process of vetting the two players for possible offers.
- In terms of ranking Michigan's interest in the various players who have been mentioned as possible late additions, Sam says Abdur-Rahkman and Dawkins are at the top given their pending visits.
- Next in terms of interest from Michigan are two transfers—6-9 power forward Sean Obi (Rice) and 6-9 forward Cole Huff (Nevada)—plus 6-5 wing Tavarius Shine (Fork Union Military Academy). Further down the list are two possible late 2014 signees: 6-5 wing Ryan Taylor (St. John's Northwest Military Academy) and 6-7 wing Marial Shayok (Blair Academy; Marquette decommit).
- Sam believes that 6-5 guard Byron Wesley (USC transfer) might be expressing interest in Michigan, but he hasn't heard that Michigan has any interest in him.
One other note: Sam talked about Huff being a good fit for Michigan as a stretch forward, but as was noted in yesterday's thread on him, apparently a major reason he's transferring is because he wants to play the 3, not the 4, in preparation for the position he'd potentially play in the NBA.