It was made public last week that Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke was considering leaving school to declare for the NBA. Burke was the Big Ten’s co-freshman of the year and led Michigan in scoring and assists. His father, Benji, told the Detroit Free Press he thinks Burke has some “juice now” because of his strong freshman year. He called Burke one of the top five freshman guards in the country. Obviously Burke will seek the advice of his father and his father made it clear where he stands. “I can’t say he’s coming back, can’t saying he’s leaving. If it had my way, he’d be coming back.”
As soon as Burke starting excelling in Michigan’s non-conference schedule, it’s a certainty that agents and their runners were over him like flies on…yeah. It’s the nature of the beast. Everyone has an opinion. Agents want the quick pay day and are calling for him to jet. Michigan fans (and possibly coaches and teammates too) are selfishly calling for him to stay. And then everybody and their mailman wants to offer their words of wisdom. Everyone includes Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis. Not the Michigan athletic director, the Michigan State athletic director.
Wednesday afternoon, Hollis tweeted to Burke:
Wednesday night, Michigan athletic director David Brandon chose to take the low road and shake his proverbial finger at Hollis:
When seems like a classy gesture to some could be taken the wrong way by others – including Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon
Did Hollis overstep his bounds? Maybe. Did Brandon react like an elitist punk? Absolutely. I understand where Hollis is coming from and the message is spot on, but he kind of went against what he said by giving Burke advice despite the player not seeking it. Hollis wasn’t telling Burke to go despite the fact that if he did it would cripple Michigan’s chances to repeat this season. And apparently Brandon took it that way.
Although Trey Burke won’t be seeking my advice – the only way I’m bolting to the NBA is if I’m given a rock-solid guarantee that I’m going somewhere between 15-18 in the first round.
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