Trey Burke to Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt
Trey Burke[1][3]

Class of 2011 point guard Trey Burke verbally committed to Michigan today. Burke, a Columbus native, received a Michigan offer on his unofficial visit last Wednesday.

Burke, a 6-foot-1 point guard, decommitted from Penn State in May before seeing his stock rise this summer on the AAU circuit. He chose Michigan over Cincinnati, Miami, Providence, Iowa, Penn State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.


Burke is considered a scoring point guard by many but he posted strong all around numbers in his junior year at Northland HS: 14.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 3 steals per game while shooting 49% (40-82) from three point range (MaxPreps stats). It’s worth noting that Burke played for a loaded high school team that featured 2010 Ohio State commits Jared Sullinger and JD Weatherspoon.

Burke drew rave reviews multiple times on the AAU circuit this summer as well including a 39 point performance against Carlton Brundidge (who notched 41 of his own).

Joe and I saw him play earlier this spring at the King James Classic in Akron and while we weren’t necessarily focusing on him at the time (he was still committed to Penn State) it was clear that he could play. Burke isn’t overwhelming physically at 6-foot but he can shoot the ball and get to the rack. The Talor Battle comparison was a cliché cop-out at the time because he was headed to PSU, but it’s obvious why Penn State prioritized him.


Burke wears #3 in these individual game highlight reels from his junior season: Game 1 / Game 2 / Game 3

Here’s video from the 2010 Buckeye Hoopfest:

Here’s an extended highlight film of Burke’s sophomore year:

Here’s more video from the 2009 Hidden Gems Showcase.

Scouts Say

Burke is ranked 98th by ESPN, 136th by Rivals, and Scout has him ranked as the #22 PG.


April 2010 — Trey is a scoring point guard. He is good in transtion were he is crafty and scores well in the paint. He is a solid basketball athlete so he can make athletic plays he’s just not a sky walker. Burke is more of a scorer than a shooter though he is a solid shooter. He is creative offensively and can find ways to put the ball in the basket. He has a solid mid range game and has range on his shot to 22 feet. Trey makes solid decisions and is a decent creator. He is a very good defender. He uses his strength well on defense and takes pride in slowing down his opponent. For a point guard he is also a good rebounder. Burke always plays hard and is a very good competitor. He should be a solid college player after his last year of H.S.

Rivals echoes a similar sentiment:

July 29, 2010 – Trey Burke – Burke continued his strong summer with a very impressive scoring display. Though he is a point guard, Burke has the natural instinct and ability to score, and when he gets into a rhythm he can be lethal from three. With All-Ohio in the lead, Burke really got it going for himself and others, and was the catalyst in blowing it wide open for them.

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  • Brad

    good news! great pick up…probably ends Yogi’s interest tho?

  • jBdub

    Welcome Trey! Now we’re talkin’!

  • Ryan

    Real excited about this!
    But curious… Was he not on Ohio States list at all?

  • AG2

    Excellent pickup. I take it that the last spot will come down to Amir Williams and Dom Pointer? Not a bad selection.

  • Brick

    Great pick up. I think he will be able to help next year. I think this ends the Pangos recruitment as well.

  • Ryan

    I see scout has him as the #22 PG, is there an updated list somewhere else or a typo?

  • Rivals and Scout updated their rankings today… I wrote the post before that. I’ll update it.

  • sven


  • Bob

    Well Trey, I guess it’s out now….. WELCOME TO MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tweeter

    Welcome to UofM Trey! I love this pickup. Now we have two very skilled, smooth and athletic guards coming in. That is going to be a real fun backcourt to watch in a few years. Especially considering they will have THJr on a wing with them.

    Hopefully Pointer is next, and then an athletic big in 2012.

  • fresh

    very good addition…… will be interested to see if he red shirts like what was talked about and even more curious as to who will be filling that last scholarship now

    this could end up being Beileins best recruiting class ever, good for him……..hope he finishes strong

  • 90 M Varsity

    Great pick up! Great job by the staff. We need more natural scorers and this helps. (I actually think he’ll be better than Morris).

    I saw Pangos live, and while a good player, I think was not as good for UM as Burke because he is a different offensive player.

  • Beilein’s Bricks

    Very happy with Trey’s commitment. Definitely will be a very dynamic backcourt starting next year. The kid looks very smooth. Was pessimistic about our chances, but it’s good to be wrong. Go blue!

  • Mark

    Any clue as to why did Scout knock him down from a 4star #20 PG to a 3 star #22 PG? It’s not too much change so, I’m not concerned but just curious.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    Great news! A quality second commitment to the 2011 class, Michigan will probably try for a big guy to close out the class hopefully.

  • Drew

    It will be interesting to see how JB uses the combo of Burke/Brundidge on the floor in the coming years. Backcourt could be seriously loaded with Darius, Hardaway, and these two. Definitely need to pick up another big. I love the way things are shaping up though.

  • Section13Row15

    I’m hoping for Dom Pointer next…great news from Trey today!

  • Section13Row15

    Also, here’s what I said after the visit debrief last week when Burke came interviewed with Joe:

    I think he’ll choose U-M. Just a gut feeling. It’s hard to read body language in a printed interview. Noodles and Company is a strange choice I agree. What about Blimpy’s???!!!

  • A kid who uses the glass! Looks like he has great presence of mind in traffic. I think we can live with the fact that he’s not “a skywalker” (snark). Welcome, Trey Burke!

    Now if Beilein could just snag a super-talented tall.

  • Mat

    big addition. Welcome Trey!

  • Evan

    Great pickup I am so excited for Michigan basketball which took a good step in becoming a very good team

  • gordie bell

    Smoove, when you have a nice mid-range game basketball can be made to look easy.

  • Kenny

    any Columbia native in Michigan uniform is special. I hope that Pointer’s decision will come soon.

  • BigBlueMaize

    Can’t wait for Bball to start!
    Love this site.

  • Bill

    Scout Pos Rank: #22
    Rivals Pos Rank: #27

    He kind of looks like border line mid majors.

  • georgeesq.

    Both of those rankings equate to top 150. Top 150 kids are generally high major players.

  • J-Turn14

    Top 30 players nationally at any position rarely go to mid-majors, unless it’s a achool like Gonzaga/Butler/Nevada.

  • Benjamin

    Did you read the reports, check out his offers, watch the video?

  • Wolverine3

    Pointer is deciding in the fall.
    Williams dosent decide until the spring…we need Dom Pointer

  • Mstt

    Game is similar to Aaron Brooks, hope he can progress to that level!

  • Aaron Brooks had a 40 inch vertical… Just throwing that out there.

  • Bill