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Posted on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

Everything 'back to normal' for Michigan basketball point guard Trey Burke after stressful decision

By Nick Baumgardner

After going through a roller coaster of a month, everything in Trey Burke's world has settled down.

The Michigan basketball point guard is fully focused on preparation for next season, at peace with his decision to return to school and glad the entire process is behind him.

In short, everything's back to normal.


Michigan point guard Trey Burke is interviewed by reporters at the Braylon Edwards charity basketball game at Pioneer High School on Friday.

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"It's cooled down, ever since I made my decision, everybody pretty much knows what I'm doing," Burke said Friday at the Braylon Edwards Celebrity Basketball Game, held at Pioneer High School. "So it's pretty much back to normal, I'm back in the gym with the team, and we're getting better every day.

"I'm back to normal. Every day we're back in the gym and in the weight room, we're just getting better."

Everything may be back to normal for Burke, who announced his intentions to return to Michigan for his sophomore season earlier this week, but that doesn't mean the last month wasn't without stress.

Burke, who was also named Michigan's most valuable player for the 2011-12 season this week, acknowledged the process of weighing his NBA draft options began to take its toll on him mentally.

From dealing with reaction on social media to simply not knowing what he wanted to do, Burke had plenty on his plate.

"It got stressful a couple times, for the simple fact that I really didn't know what I (was going to) do," Burke said. "You hear voices from everywhere and people surround you. You don't really know who to listen to besides your family and the coaching staff. It got stressful a couple times.

"It was a learning experience, (because) I'd never experienced anything like that."

Burke said perhaps the most stressful part of the process was how slow it moved, as he waited for feedback from the NBA undergraduate advisory committee.

Honoring Michigan coach John Beilein's request, Burke said he won't discuss what the committee told him in their report, only that "some of it was good, some of it was what I wanted to hear. Some of it was what I didn't want to hear."

"The process was slow," he said. "It kind of seemed like every single day things were repeating. It wasn't moving. I'd go talk to Coach Beilein and I'd still be on campus and no one knew what I was doing, I really didn't know."

For next season, Burke says his biggest area of improvement will be lower-body strength, something he believes will help him maintain better stamina throughout the grueling five-month season.

As tough as the process was, Burke said he never allowed himself to look at it in a negative light. He said if he finds himself in the situation again, he'll be much more prepared.

"When it did get stressful, I'd sit back and look at it as a positive," Burke said. "I never really wanted to look at it as a negative. It (was) a positive situation to weigh my options and have the opportunity to weigh my options and even think about entering the NBA draft.

"Everything went fine. I made my decision. … And that's all that really mattered."

Now officially back in the fold, Burke is expected to anchor a highly-talented Michigan team next season, a group that has been lauded as a Final Four contender in 2012-13.

Now that his decision is over, the 5-foot-11 point guard is back to doing what he does best.

"It took me a couple days (to get used to coming back), because I really didn't know what I was going to do," he said. "But now that I'm back to normal and back to my regular routine, nothing's changed. I'm back to normal."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

Normal is what Trey Burke needs. The less news and write ups in the future, the better. Glad he stayed and now go forward with both schooling and practice.


Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

He obviously doesn't want to be at the school. Why would anyone want someone on the team that isn't into it? That kind of attitude from the floor general could destroy moral.


Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 3:44 p.m. will be great watching Triz hoop for M another year.. Go Blue! v


Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

Ditto on the props. As good as Trey is, you can see how much better he can become. I suspect that building his lower body strength is likely to make him the dominant point guard in college ball.


Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 1:56 a.m.

I definitely underestimated Trey Burke. I thought he would bolt for the "path of least resistance" and figure a six digit salary and no more classes sounded pretty good to a kid his age. Major props to Trey and his family for realizing that perhaps taking the steeper incline may prove to be the better path in the long run. Major props.