March 21st, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

They didn't even interview Burke, just his dad! That paper is garbage. Agents can't talk to Burke, but as we all know, they can talk to his dad. Just ask Cam. They can tell him "your son had an amazing year, capitalize on it!" Whereas the actual chances of Burke going pro are slim to none. I've outlined these before but:

Trey is tiny for an NBA PG. The NBA loves height and he doesn't have it. He's not fast enough to be Chris Paul, he's not a prototype 1 and done.

This draft is a LOADED draft. Many people didnt go into the draft last year with the lockout who would have been drafted. Thus this draft is deeper than usual with talent.

This is the total inverse of Morris, who had height and went to a weak draft.

Here's the damn quote:

Nothing aside from the part in which Trey's dad says: "If I had to guess, Trey would love to go to the NBA."

From user Mackbru below. What college hoops star WOULDNT love to go to the NBA? What's his dad going to say? "Trey has never had asperations of playing in the nba"?? Stop clicking on the Freep.


March 21st, 2012 at 5:23 PM ^

After I saw this article, I googled mock drafts and read the first 6 or so that came up, all at recognizeable websites. 

I didn't see Burke listed anywhere, even at the end of the second round.  Last year, Morris was a popular pick because he had the prototypical NBA point guard frame and was young, so was pushed up based on potential.  Trey Burke will always be 5-11, and had a very good season, but not a great one that can get NBA GMs to forget about his height.  I think Burke needs a Kemba Walker type season to become a first round pick. 

All that said - how many NBA teams really need a PG?  There are a couple teams who would add a PG if he was a star right away, but that's not Burke.  Burke would not be an immediate upgrade at PG for any team, which means he probably won't get drafted high, if at all.


March 21st, 2012 at 4:39 PM ^

Actually, Burke's departure would be a catastrophic blow to our team next year.  We would have absolutely zero depth at the PG position, and no one currently coming in who is recruited to play that spot.  You can have all the athleticism you want, but if you dont have anyone to get them the ball, they don't do a lot of good.


March 21st, 2012 at 4:52 PM ^


Not that I want to turn into Section 1, but....

Here are his dad's quotes in the article.....

“I think that, for the most part, when you have a season as a freshman like he did, the NBA, they like them young. They think their ceiling is higher when they’re young,” Benji Burke said today. “Trey had some good games and a solid season for a freshman. It’s going to be one of the weaker point guard drafts in years. 

"The second thing is he was considered high. He does have some juice right now. It didn’t end well, but he ended up having some great games. He’s got to be one of the top five freshman guards in the country. He got a hold of some information, and you at least need to inquire.

“I can’t say he’s coming back, can’t saying he’s leaving. If it had my way, he’d be coming back.”

“Trey, he would love to come back, because he thinks they’re going to have a good team,” Benji said. “In the same breath, how do I pass up the opportunity of a lifetime, and risk injury? There’s risk on both sides. Anytime there’s risk on both and the NBA is one side, I don’t know if I’ll ever be as hot as I am now. If I had to guess, Trey would love to go to the NBA. There’s a lot of uncertainties there, as far as getting drafted first round. Those are the things we’re trying to weigh.”

Out of these fairly vanilla quotes, the Free Press headline is "Trey Burke Strongly Considering Leaving Michigan for NBA." Um, ok

First of all, Trey Burke's Dad != Trey Burke. Secondly, even if you think dad's word is the gospel, most of what he says isn't really wrong. He does aspire to play in the NBA, and he should inquire.

The wording of the headline implies that Burke is basically out the door already. They're fishing for clicks.


March 21st, 2012 at 5:03 PM ^

Maybe I'm crazy, but the title depicts exactly what is happening in my opinion....the only thing you can question is the word "strongly", but based on his Dad's quotes, I'd say he's pretty strongly considering the NBA.  Given he and his Dad's relationship, I'd say he's not just saying these things w/o reason.


March 21st, 2012 at 5:12 PM ^

Not crazy, just not demonstrating a strong understanding of the minutiae of the English language and media propaganda.  You admit the questionable use of the word "strongly" but fail to realize there is a huge difference between "considering" and "strongly considering."  


March 21st, 2012 at 5:26 PM ^

This has to do with perspective and nothing to do with understanding person's view of strongly considering is not another person's view of strongly considering.  To me, Burke going to a draft advisor and weighing things with his parents is strongly considering the NBA. 


March 21st, 2012 at 4:38 PM ^

For the record, nothing about that article, the title or the content would suggest that Trey is leaning toward the NBA draft.  It appears he is doing his due diligence to weigh his options.  Hopefully he gets sound advice through the process, and hopefully he comes back to improve his game.


March 21st, 2012 at 4:57 PM ^

Yes, because every player ever who has considered going and "weighed his options" ended up leaving.  It's just the way things work, it's a lifelong dream most like and therefore positive feedback is going to be emphasized.  Hope Beilein is frantically on the phone to every uncommitted point guard prospect in the world right now.


March 21st, 2012 at 4:43 PM ^

Agreed, he should look at what Chris Paul did. If you compare their freshman stats, they're very similar, but Paul's were a little better. Even so, Paul came back for his sophomore year, improved upon that, and he's an all-star now.

I'm not saying that if Burke waits another year he'll automatically become an NBA All-Star, and that certainly doesn't take into account the types of draft classes around Paul's time, but Paul is just one positive example of why waiting an extra year can be a good thing.