Alumni Update: Trey Burke emerging as Rookie of the Year candidate

Dylan Burkhardt

Bb0R0hkCYAEU8RX[1]A periodic check up on former Wolverines in the NBA, abroad or elsewhere in college basketball.

Trey Burke

Trey Burke is emerging as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate after sitting out for the first month of the season with a broken finger. Burke had a career high performance against the Orlando Magic – the team he had hoped would draft him No. 2 overall in June. Burke finished with 30 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the Jazz victory.  Burke’s 30 points were a season-high for a rookie this season and he was the first rookie since Blake Griffin in 2011 with a 30/8/7 stat line.

Utah is a 6-7 since Burke returned to action after starting the season 1-11 without him. Burke is averaging 12 points and five assists per game. Despite missing 12 games, Burke is a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate.

He also appears to have added a block M tattoo on his right arm.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

While Burke was expected to make an early impact, Hardaway’s early success has been a present surprise. Hardaway is averaging eight points per game for the Knicks and is outplaying some more veteran players. Hardaway wrote a rookie blog for Mens Fitness. He’s worried about sleep:

The biggest transition off the court has been sleep. There just isn’t enough of it. In college, you can get away with certain things because you have class or you can go to bed a little earlier because you have to study. Now there’s a lot more traveling, more games, and appearances. You have to learn to balance your time wisely. But I’ve still found some time to take in the city.

Jamal Crawford

Crawford, known as one of the top sixth men in the NBA, got his first start in 101 games with the Clippers. Crawford is averaging 16 points per game for the Clippers and is the longest tenured Wolverine in the league with 13 years of service.

Darius Morris

Darius Morris was waived by the 76ers in late November and has worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies and is under consideration by his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stu Douglass

Douglass is playing for Galil Gilboa in Israel with former Wolverine DeShawn Sims. He also started a blog. Douglass is averaging 7.7 points and 1.7 assists in 22.7 minutes per game.

DeShawn Sims

Sims is also playing for Galil Bilboa after going to training camp with the Boston Celtics this fall. Sims is averaging 14 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes per game, coming off a season best 26 points and five rebound effort on Saturday. Sims has played in the D-League, South Korea and Lebanon since graduating.

Manny Harris

Harris made a big debut for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA Developmental League, scoring 41 points. Harris is averaging 29 points per game through three contests with the D-Fenders, he played in Ukraine last season.

Brent Petway

Petway is averaging 7 points and three rebounds in 14 minutes per game for Olympiacos, the top team in the top league in Greece. He has also played in France and for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jevohn Shepherd

Shepherd is playing in Italy (third division) for Omegna, where he’s averaging 22 points and six rebounds per game. Shepherd is also still involved with the Canadian National Team,

Dion Harris

Harris has done his fair share of traveling since leaving Ann Arbor. He’s played in leagues in Japan, Venezuela, Germany, Cyprus, Syria and now Colombia.

Courtney Sims

Sims plays for the SK Knights in SOuth Korea, averaging 9 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes of playing time per game.

Chris Young

Young is averaging 6 points and 6 rebounds per game for Aalstar in Belgium

Josh Asselin

The oldest Wolverine still playing professionally, Asselin is playing for La Bruixa d’Or and averaging 8 points and four rebounds per game. He’s also played in Iran, Puerto Rico and a handful of other Spanish clubs.

Chris Hunter

Hunter has bounced around in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and has plyaed in three games this season, averaging 12 points and six rebounds per game.


There are plenty of former Wolverines elsewhere in college basketball this season as well.

Evan Smotrycz – Maryland (Jr.)

Smotrycz has started 10 games for the Terps, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes per game.

Sai Tummala – Arizona State (So.)

Tummala has played in 10 games, averaging 6 minutes and 2.4 points per game for the Sun Devils.

Blake McLimans – Miami OH (Sr.)

McLimans started the first four games of the season, averaging 7 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes per game for the Redhawks, but his career will be cut short. McLimans is leaving the Miami program voluntarily due to an illness in his family.

Carlton Brundidge – Detroit (So.)

Brundidge has started every game for Detroit, averaging 9 points, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes per game. His shooting numbers haven’t improved much 37% on twos, 29% on threes but he’s getting to the free throw line.

Other Notes

David Merritt opened a clothing store on South U called Merit. Anthony Wright is the head coach at Linden High School while Jerret Smith is coaching at Romulus. Maceo Baston runs a cupcake shop in Royal Oak (H/T: MGoBlog) and Juwan Howard is an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. Jimmy King is selling Fab Five t-shirts and Jalen Rose’s Leadership Academy is thriving. Kelvin Grady is coaching girl’s basketball at Grand Rapids Union.

  • Mattski

    Great round-up! The Harris highlights come at the tail end of that video.

  • Kam

    There Were a lot of UM fans who said “tim isn’t a first round pick” He became one. Then a lot of them said ” he wont do anything in the pros” He’s doing quite a but now.. He actually started the last two games. Tim is proving a lot of people wrong

    • Chazer

      Agree Kam…he’s doing a great job….too bad the knicks don’t play him more….last night he was i think 4 for 7 from the floor but they played jrsmith who was 3 of 16 from the 3 point line

      • Kam

        5-17 i think actually haha but yeah i agree. Tim should get more playing tim

        • mikey_mac

          Yeah, the argument against THJ is he’s still a liability on D, but um, JR Smith? He’s a human red carpet. Go get some, THJ!

  • John

    No Graham Brown love???

    He is playing in the best league in France (Pro-A) averaging 10pts and 6rb a game.


  • ajerome33

    Does anyone know what Zack Novak is up to these days? I know he played one year overseas, but I was curious if he was playing somewhere again this year or if he moved on to something else.

  • mikey_mac

    Great feature, Dylan. Would love to see these every few months. Trey for ROY!

  • AC1997

    Dylan – Thanks for the shout out on my Diary post for MGoBlog. I would love for you to post this regularly as you’re far more likely to do more with it than I would with an irregular diary like mine.

    But in addition to Graham Brown missing from your list, two other names that I had which you didn’t were LaVell Blanchard (one of my favorite players and someone who would have been ideal for a Beilein team) and Epke Udoh (an often forgotten transfer who is playing 20+ minutes in the NBA).

    • Where is Blanchard playing? Looks like he doesn’t have an active team on Eurobasket for this year.

      Skipped Ekpe… Stuck to transfers that are still playing college ball.

  • Giebz

    Going to see Trey take on the Charlotte Bobcats sat night. We’ll be wearing our Michigan basketball t-shirts court side to support our guy.

  • JoeNathan

    Petway for 3!? I love it I love it I love it.

  • rlcBlue

    Bernard Robinson, Jr. played last “winter” in Brazil, but Google can’t find him anywhere this season.

  • jakelam2116

    Love the Petway 3s and Maceo’s award-winning cupcakes. The fact that he offers vegan and gluten-free options made me smile even wider. Can’t wait to stop by the shop and help him taste one!