25 year old Trey Burke made international headlines being picked 9th in the 1st round 2013 Draft Pick. Form Michigan State University he is in the process of picking up with the Utah Jazz where his outstanding college career left off. Burke’s motivation and hunger for basketball comes from a line of impeccable basketball players in his family. It began with his grandfather who started at East High School in the varsity team in the 1950’s. But his humble beginnings were along ways from the media attention and admiration he is currently receiving. On June 29th he was ranked in the top 10 of Google’s top searches.
Birth Date 12-11-1992
Religion – believes in god? Non-religious
Born in Columbus Ohio in November 12, 1992 Alfonso Clark Trey Burke III the star athlete began developing his skill for the game at only 5 years old. His aggressive edge and competitiveness was being showcased in the youth league as team coach’s remember Burke constantly stealing the ball from the other team. Burke’s father was an assistant coach at the high school level. Although he didn’t attend his father’s high school his dad still groomed his son’s talent. Burke was told to brush his teeth and eat his food with his left hand to help develop his ambidexterity.
Burke’s high school basketball career began with marginal success. In his senior year at Northland High School his luck began to change. Northland was undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation by ESPN HS they had also been ranked #1 by USA Today for several weeks. Before his senior year he wrote his letter of intent to Michigan State University.
During his freshman year at Michigan Trey was a point guard filling the vacant spot that was left by former player Darius Morris who was drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers. He won several Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors ing ames against Duke Blue Devils in the Maui Invitational Tournament and Bowling Green, in which he got his season high of 20 points. On January 2, Burke earned his first Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honor and his third Freshman of the Week recognition for his 40-point week in Michigan’s two conference openers. Burke was recognized as one of the best point guards in the nation by CBSSports.com.
With some encouragement he began pondering entering int he 2012 NBA Draft after being aware that the pool of point guards was low. With twitter controversy involving Burke and Michigan State Spartans athletic director and being encouraged by NBA draft analyzers to wait it out his father announced he would continue another year at Michigan.
After an outstanding Freshman year he continued his success winning countless honors and awards in his sophomore. Sports critics and journalist took even more notice of his growing skill and athleticism for the game. He earned Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2013. On April 1, Burke was named first team All-American by the Associated Press, tying with Otto Porter for the most first-place votes and most total points. Winning all four major Player of the Year awards Trey Burke was also named team MVP.
With a legacy during his two year tenure with Michigan State University the 5 foot 11 athlete was ready for the big leagues. Within days of entering the 2013 Draft pick he was met with heavy encouragement. Several NBA general managers began showing strong interest in Burke. On June 27, 2013, Burke was selected 9th in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then traded to the Utah Jazz.