Exit Trey Burke Comment Count

Brian April 14th, 2013 at 1:38 PM

As was virtually certain since the moment Trey Burke didn't enter last year's NBA draft, Trey Burke has entered the 2013 NBA draft.


There was exactly one thing left for Burke to do in college—win the national title—after he collected every player of the year award available and hit an audacious 30-footer to tie Kansas. This is like Woodson's departure save for the outcome o the last game: we wish you'd stay, kid, but we know you should go.

Michigan now turns to Spike Albrecht and incoming top-50 recruit Derrick Walton at the point; they're waiting on NBA decisions from Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitch McGary, and Glenn Robinson III. Those have to be made by the 28th.



April 14th, 2013 at 1:43 PM ^

is totally worth the memories he created for us fans. Thank you, Trey.  Who knows, maybe we will be seeing him quite a bit in the near future throwing up alley oops to Drummond.


April 14th, 2013 at 1:45 PM ^

Thank you Trey for 2 outstanding years at Michigan. Thank you for returning for this years run a NC. Good luck in the NBA, as sad as it is to see athletes leave Michigan you deserve much success at the next level. I know I will be rooting for you next year no matter where you land.


April 14th, 2013 at 1:46 PM ^

It'd be a lot less painful to see him go if I didn't hate the NBA so much. I can watch the later rounds of the playoffs, but that is about all I can take.


April 14th, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

Best of luck to Trey . . . you've done us proud.  The 2012 Big Ten Championship and 2013 Final Four banners will testify to your impact here.




April 14th, 2013 at 1:53 PM ^

Hate to see you go, man, but understandable.  Best wishes, and don't forget your alma mater!

Regarding the rest of the group, I'm not really waiting on their NBA decisions.  I consider them back until they say otherwise.  Maybe naive on my part.



April 14th, 2013 at 1:56 PM ^

As one Wolverine commits, another leaves.

Trey, thank you for your season as the #1 PG and player in college basketball. Thanks for pushing us to the #1 ranking this year, to taking the Fresh Five in summer workouts and demanding excellence right off the bat.

Thanks for the gutsy shots at OSU and Arky, even if they didn't fall. Thanks for fearlessly leading us into #3 Indiana, Assembly Hall rocking, and just stuntin on em that night. For stealing one against MSU, swiping the victory from Craft and OSU, from repping U of M like a class athlete should - not one misstep or disciplinary problem.

Every time you spotted up beyond the arc I knew it was going in before it even left your hands.

Thanks man. For being the best UM basketball player in a generation. For taking a chance on the school you grew up thinking was the enemy.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:05 PM ^

...best choice for him. He deserves his shot at the League and I'm confident he'll seize it with both hands. Fundamentals, always fundamentals.

Thank you, Trey.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:05 PM ^

Knowing you continue to rock it in the Nba. 

Such a pleasure watching you as a fan. 

Thank you for bringing us back to a level of respect and excitement we haven't seen for a while in basketball. Godspeed. 


April 14th, 2013 at 2:06 PM ^

Really such a dilemma for the athletic department. Do you retire his number? Good arguments for both sides. Tough call. I just hope we don't get a gigantic patch on anyone wearing the number 3 jersey. Retire it, or don't retire it - don't try and find a middle ground.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:26 PM ^

That's not going to happen in basketball.  Not only are there a lot more available numbers (with only 13 guys on the team), but in basketball the custom has been to retire the "jersey" but not the number.  

Personally, I'll be 100% behind raising his jersey to the rafters if/when he graduates.  I think having a graduation requirement for that kind of thing is a good incentive for these guys to come back and finish up their studies.  Most basketball players - even guys that earn millions - will eventually need to do something else professionally to support themselves down the road.






April 14th, 2013 at 6:50 PM ^

I think there's a very easy solution for retiring the shirts of student-athletes that don't graduate but deserve it. The university often gives honorary doctoral degrees (Humane Letters, Engineering, Science, Fine Arts, Law) for VIPs every commencement cerimony. I'm sure there is a way for university higher uppers to create an additional honorary Michigan degree (Masters of Athletics or Gymnastics or something) for the ones who deserve to have their jerseys/numbers retired. They can do it around the retirement period (which tends to be way after actual graduation) and this would be quite rare so I don't think standard "devaluation of degree" arguments apply.



April 14th, 2013 at 2:11 PM ^

I'm here for the POSBANG.  Not that he's gone, but that he's done so much.  This thread doesn't get me down.  It makes me love our program all the more.  What a player!  What determination and hard work he put in!  What sacrifice for his sport/profession, for his teammates, and for the university.

I can't wait to see his Final Four banner raised - and then his uniform number raised.  #3 banner has to happen.

And, with all that said, I hope to God the Pistons draft him and pair him with thier big men, moving Knight to SG.  While a short guard tandem, I think that would be an excellent move.  And of course, I want Burke to play on a team I love and can easily follow.  He will be my new favorite NBA player, for sure.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:13 PM ^

I'd be upset if he stayed to be honest. As much as i want to see what this team could be with him next year, he had to go. Thank you Trey for a memorable season.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:21 PM ^

This is the first one of these over the past few years where I'm thinking to myself "yes, that is exactly the right decision."  When Manny left and when Darius left I thought they both made bad decisions (for themselves) but this one is a no-brainer.

Sadly (for me as a Michigan fan) I think we're going to get three and maybe even four more of these over the next couple of weeks. 


April 14th, 2013 at 2:23 PM ^

Thank you Trey for two of the most memorable basketball seasons in recent memory. You are, and always will be, a true Michigan Man. 

Go Blue. #3 is yours forever.

I wish you great success in the NBA.


April 14th, 2013 at 2:36 PM ^

It sucks that he is leaving, wish him all the best.. I can see the rest of B1G teams having a big relief today since they dont have to deal with him next year....

Def can say that Trey Burke put Mich BB back on the board, we are relevant again.

Naked Bootlegger

April 14th, 2013 at 2:44 PM ^

I remember those YouTube videos of Trey working out before he came to UM.   That was the first inkling for me that we had something special on our hands.   And guess what, Trey?  All the hard work paid off.   Congrats to you.  Thanks for representing the UM family so brilliantly.

Dutch Ferbert

April 14th, 2013 at 3:02 PM ^

Since the Bad Boys/Bird/Magic era, NBA basketball has been my least favorite pro sport. However, I may want to watch it again just to see Burke play.

I am really happy for Trey. He made the right choice.

Now it's time for Walton and/or Spike to step up like a certain 3 star recruit did two years ago.

Go Blue!