Trey Burke Voted Mr. Basketball for Ohio

Dylan Burkhardt

imageThe Associated Press awarded 2011 Michigan commitment Trey Burke with the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Ohio. The floor general has led Northland to a 25-1 record and the Vikings will face No. 1 Garfield Heights in the state semifinals this Friday. Burke averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals while shooting 59% from the field and 47% from three point range. (Photo: Dispatch)

Here’s what Burke told the Dispatch about receiving the award:

“My personal trainer and I worked really hard over the summer to improve my strength and quickness and make myself more of a scorer, because I knew coach would ask that of me,” Burke said.

“We talked about Mr. Basketball, McDonalds All-American and things like that, but at the top of the list was getting a second state championship.”

Burke was also selected for the All-Ohio Division I first team and was selected co-player of the year along with Penn State commit Trey Lewis. Burke won Mr. Basketball over several other Division I recruits including Aaron Thomas (Florida State), Trey Lewis (Penn State), Travis Trice (Michigan State), Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), Pat Forsythe (West Virginia) and others.

Michigan’s other 2011 commitment, Southfield guard Carlton Brundidge, scored 12 points in a 59-47 victory over East Detroit. Southfield will make its second consecutive trip to the state semifinals and face Kalamazoo Central on Friday.

  • Mattski

    Bravo! Can’t wait to see him in a Michigan uniform. The future is bright.

  • bob morant

    Congratulations Trey!!! This has been the hardest working Kid I’ve ever laid eyes on!!! MUCH DESERVED!!!! Now finish the job and win your 2nd state title in 3 years!!!

  • Evan

    Hell yeah cant wait till next year

    • Evan

      burke is with an elite class of players winning Mr.Basketball for Ohio and im glad we stole him from the buckeyes

  • Alex

    Can’t wait to see him and Brundidge next year penetrating into the paint, getting opposing bigs in foul trouble, and dishing to the open shooters. Nectyear’s team is looking real nice. God luck for the rest of the playoffs Trey.

    • Alex

      Edit: good luck.

  • Brian W

    Great news. Really happy for Trey. Will be great to see him playing for the maize and blue in 7 months or so.

    Michigan State associate head coach Mark Montgomery has been hired as the coach of Northern Illinois University.

  • blueme

    This team is getting much more athletic, quickly.

  • Wow, congrats to Trey. I guess he wasn’t screwed over because he’s going to be a Wolverine.

  • TBVT

    As an MSU fan, I expect him and travis trice to have some good battles the next few years…I saw trice was defensive player of the year in ohio, I’m assuming he was right in the thick of it with burke in the Mr basketball voting…should only add to the rivalry. I think they will be real assets to both teams in the future. OSU is letting a couple great PGs get away from them.

    • Max

      I’m a Buckeye fan so it’s always a bummer to lose Ohio players to other schools. Bottom line though is that OSU already has Craft who has proven to be a very good Big Ten point guard and they have Shannon Scott coming in next year. Scott is ranked the 6th best PG in the 2011 class by ESPN. Burke is 16th and Trice is 40th. A third point guard would just be buried on the bench. Good luck to Trice and Burke though.

      • Mith

        Dang, Max, you’re surprisingly classy for an OSU fan. ;>)

      • TBVT

        Hah apparently I didn’t take a close enough look at their roster…I can see why they didn’t go after them. Craft will give me fits for a while I fear.

  • Congratulations to Mr. Burke – looking forward to watching him play next year. He will definitely bring much needed dribble driving skills.

    The news of J. Hawkins transferring out of state for his last year of H.S. is very interesting. UM could still land him, but very unlikely now.

  • Kenny

    Congratulations to Trey, I expect him to be immediately exchangeable with Stu.

  • davidrooks

    where are these guys gonna fit in the rotation next year?

  • Bill

    Looks like he’s been working in the weight room from the arms in the picture. Good to see with his talent. Great guard combo comming in. Hopefully Carlton makes it to the finals be nice to see him play.

  • Mason

    Wow wonderful news. Congrats Trey! Great get for us. Fun fact: Trey will be the first Michigan men’s basketball player from Ohio since Eric Riley (Cleveland) and, before him, Kirk Taylor (Dayton Dunbar).

  • Sven

    Yay for Trey!

  • grandchamp

    Trey is such a stud.

  • kevin

    congrats, phenomenal news.

  • Michballer

    Trey is a straight up baller!!! Glad to see all his hard work pay off… I have watched Trey play a few times and let me tell ya he is something special… Gonna surprise a lot of people next year!!!!!

  • Johnnyumfan

    Congrats too Burke, a well deserved honor

  • Tweeter

    well deserved congrats Trey! Dylan and co., have posted a lot of video of potential players over the last several years, but in terms of pure skill, I have not seen any that live up to Trey. If this kid were a few inches taller and had not played in Sullinger’s shadow, I believe he would have been ranked as one of the best point guards in the country.

    • bob morant

      What he lacks in height….. (still a solid 6’1) He recovers in heart and grit… Don’t take my word for it…………….. watch and see!!!! Welcome to maize and blue TB

  • Kevine

    And by all accounts as good a person as basketball player! Love the team Beilein is putting together both on and off the court.

    • bob morant

      NO QUESTION!!!

  • james

    i’d love to see this lineup next year: morgan and bielfelt up front in the paint, and then morris, brundidge and burke in the perimeter.

    • j-turn14

      I don’t think Burke and Brundidge will get much playing time together in any significant games next season, barring injuries. That would mean three of Morris, THJ, Douglass, and Vogrich would be on the bench.

    • mich is boss

      no you dont want that because THJ is much better than both of them, i think starting lineup is morris, burke, THJ, Novak, morgan

  • Kainkitizen

    I was wondering when the last time we were able to take a player from Ohio. It’s even better when he has been voted as the best player in the state. It’s going to be exciting to see the boys play together next season. Go Ahead Coach Beilein!!! Welcome to your new home Trey!!!

    • bmorant

      Never… He is the 1st Mr. Basketball from Ohio that will play for U of M.

  • Blazerine

    Congrats to Trey.

    Sure hope he can lead his team to a Div. I Championship. I will roll down I-70 to Columbus to take in the game should they advance. I’m thinking that they’re playing the #1 team in the state next though, could be mistaken.