By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm
The 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)
“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.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Links | Posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm
All-Ohio teams: Northland’s Burke shares player of year
Burke earns a share of the the AP Division 1 All-Ohio Player of the Year award with PSU commit Trey Lewis. The duo will have a chance to go head-to-head this Friday in the state semifinals. The Ohio Mr. Basketball award will be announced tomorrow.
Mr. Basketball Dwaun Anderson is king from Up North
Dwaun Anderson wins Mr. Basketball in Michigan… A pretty surprising choice as most assumed LaDontae Henton would win the award. Brundidge finished fourth, as most votes seemed to be split between Detroit area prospects iwth Amir Williams grabbing 1429, Brundidge 1334 and Kearney 1124
Smotrycz hasn’t been consistent this year but he’s completely changed the complexion of several games. At the very least he’s displayed samplings of the offensive tools that make him such a promising prospect going forward. Evan had 11 first half points versus Duke and all of them were critical, allowing Michigan to hang around in the game despite playing without several starters. As you would expect, he hit a couple three pointers, but his most impressive move was a quick fake and drive past Miles Plumlee for a three point play. Evan’s potent combination of size and three point shooting ability mean that this pump fake is going to be there constantly. The key is being able to take the ball strong all the way to the hole or learn to shoot a pull up jumpshot. This was probably Evan’s strongest drive and finish all season long and he averaged 10 points per game over Michigan’s final five contests.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Site | Posted on March 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Our third full season is in the books and it was quite a journey with a full spectrum of highs and lows. The season was not only a joy to watch and follow, it was a great opportunity to continuously improve our coverage. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Trey Burke had 29 points on 6 of 12 (3-5 3pt) shooting with eight assists, five rebounds and five steals in an 80-62 Northalnd win. The Vikings advance to the OHSAA Division I semifinals where they will face AP No. 1 Garfield Heights and Penn State point guard commit Trey Lewis. Here’s video of Northland’s win from Cap City Preps. Burke wears #3 for Northland (green).
In other recruiting news, 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt is expected to make a decision shortly. Bielfeldt will decide between Michigan, where he recently had a very positive official visit, and Illinois. This is a recruitment to pay close attention to this week.