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)
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.