Scouting & Video: Trey Burke vs. St. Edward

Dylan Burkhardt

Northland made the trip across Ohio from Columbus to Cleveland to challenge the Lakewood St. Edward Eagles, the No. 11 Division 1 team in Ohio.  Northland trailed through most of the contest but never fell too far behind as Michigan commitment Trey Burke hit big shot after big shot to keep the Vikings in the game. Burke finished the game with 35 points in the 84-81 loss, 21 of them coming on three pointers. Burke was 7 of 9 on twos and 7 of 12 on threes and finished with 6 assists.

St. Ed’s was well coached, playing an efficient offense game and tough full court pressure defense to force Northland into tough situations. Northland fell behind by 9 points at the end of the third quarter before Burke went into action, willing his team back to take a 1 point lead with 16 seconds remaining. The Eagles would take their final lead on a layup with 6 seconds left before Northland inbounded the ball over Burke’s head and into the hands of a St. Edward’s defender.

Apologies for the supbar video quality, I had to film the game using a Kodak handheld camera and it was running out of batteries leading to a couple missed clips. It was a tough loss for a Northland team that was 65-2 over the last two and a half seasons but it’s better to take a loss now than in the state tournament. Full scouting report after the jump.


  • Clutch Leadership: If you were going to take just one thing away from Burke’s game, it better be that he wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line. Burke led Northland back from a 9 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter and connected on an array of floaters, step back jumpers, and threes down the stretch. Burke was also a leader on a floor, encouraging or getting in his teammates faces when necessary. He might wear his emotions on his sleeve a bit too much but his will to win is evident.
  • Three point range: Burke has NBA range on his three point shot. He didn’t hit them all but seven made threes in one game is impressive to say the least.  Burke has connected on 47% of his three point shots for the season and given the degree of difficulty of his attempts to day, that’s an impressive figure.
  • Quickness: Trey is quick with the ball in his hands and knows how to instantly change speeds with the ball in his hands to get wherever he wants on the court. When he gets in the lane he has a smooth pull up jumper and also has a nice little running floater. He also has great lateral quickness defensively, making him a solid on-ball defender.

Areas to improve:

  • Shot selection: You could probably say shot selection is a problem for most young guards that take a majority of their team’s shots. Burke forced quite a few “heat check” threes today but when you hit seven threes in a game, it’s tough to stop taking them. He also seemed to settle for threes a bit too often when it was clear that he had the ability to get in the lane as well. He finished 7 of 9 on twos and 7 of 12 on threes so even if he took some bad shots, he made most of them.
  • Free throws: Two free throw attempts is obviously too small of a sample size to pass judgement, but Trey missed two important free throws late in the second half. With his shooting stroke and 70% (35/50) free throw shooting on the year, you can probably assume he’s an average to above average free throw shooter.
  • Off the ball defense: Off the ball defense is another flaw of many high school players. Against a well coached team like St. Ed’s, this will be exposed. Burke gave up two or three back door layups when he fell asleep at the wheel.

Overall, Burke was extremely impressive. The competition was tough and Burke was obviously the best player on the floor. He showed off his shooting stroke and relished the opportunity to take big shots. As things stand now, I’d pencil Burke in as next year’s backup point guard. Morris will command 30+ minutes per game but Burke will provide a competent change of pace. I also think that a backcourt lineup of Morris and Burke would be an interesting experiment at times. Neither player is a perfect fit for the one or the two position but while they have almost all of the bases covered if they are on the court at the same time. Burke provides shooting and quickness while Morris provides the distribution and size.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    It’s also worth noting that Northland was playing without Jalen Robinson, a big man averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.

  • Casey, CO

    I love this kids game, honestly I think he should be ranked higher than Brundidge. The only things Trey only really lacks strength at this point in my opinion (Other than the stuff you noted). Trey is a very suiting name for him haha

  • Bluebufoon

    If you add Nick Stauskas and a quality big man with Burke, Brundidge and G-III– sounds like the Michigan roster will have quality depth up and down the roster. Question is which big men are Michigan considering ? Sean Sheldon ? Matt Christiansen ?

    • Ben

      I think were recruiting Mitch McGary who is 6’11 4 star guy. I haven’t seen any video on him though. I think were recruiting Jordan Hare pretty hard as well, he is a tweener though 6’8 or 6’9. I hope we are recruiting Staukas hard because he seems perfect for our system. I read a story that he hadn’t heard from michigan coaches in over a month until Beilein finally contacted him at the end of January. Wish he would have committed in October.

  • mike

    Any word on Dorsey-Walker?

    • Sam

      Apparently Sam Webb said that he thought that SDW was close to committing for Michigan, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Ben

    I am so excited to see this kid play next year. I think the being overshadowed by Jared Sullinger for 3 three years may have had something to do with his ranking being a 3 star.

    Dylan great job on the footage, Do you think that Burke has a chane to win Ohio Mr Basketball??

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Honestly, I don’t see why not. I think he’s having the most productive year of any kid in Ohio. There are some other good guards like Aaron Thomas (FSU), Travis Trice (MSU), Trey Lewis (PSU),and Stevie Taylor (Ohio) (I’m probably forgetting a few.) But at the end of the day I think Trey has a good shot. I also don’t really know about the politics of Ohio basketball but I assume Satch Sullinger would have some pull.

      • Ben

        I would love to see him win it. It would be nice to go into ohio state territory and steal their best player.

        Brundidge probably is in third for Michigan Mr basketball. I think if Brundidge had some more support he would probably be #1 or #2 behind Williams but it seems that opposing teams strategy against Southfield is to double and triple team Brundidge. I love this class Beilein has got.

  • jihadistjohn

    outstanding, dylan!…great work…thank you

  • Ben

    My comparison for Trey (as a one time PSU commit) is Tailor Battle….not the biggest guy, but makes shots and is able to get to the rack….I love Trey’s 3 pt stroke…


    • Dylan Burkhardt

      That comparison really got started when Trey was an early commit to Penn State. You hate to compare a high school senior to a kid that averaged 16ppg for his whole career but there are similarities with the size, quickness, long threes, and love for hitting big shots.

  • wayman britt

    Thanks for the video. Trey hit some long threes. His stats were impressive against good competition. Who you play in H.S. means alot.

    I like to hear that he has quickness and can change speeds. Two skills we definitely need.

  • KAB

    So it looks like Brook’s has been pretty much ruled out.I like our chance’s…