Michigan’s 2011 Recruiting class of Trey Burke, Carlton Brundidge, and Max Bielfeldt
by: Joe Hawley, Michigan Contributor
Burke is the headliner of the 2011 class for the Wolverines, not because of his high ranking, but rather due to the fact that he will be asked to play a monumental role this season. After losing superstar PG Darius Morris to the NBA, a guy who was top five in the country in assists and Michigan’s leading scorer, Burke clearly has some big shoes to fill. The 6’1” floor general that was awarded the honor of Mr. Basketball in Ohio is known for his quick offense, but also for his excellent vision and ball-handling.
Michigan opens the 2011 campaign in what is annually the toughest early season tournament: The Maui Invitational. Joining the Wolverines will be Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA and host Chaminade, making this tournament one of the strongest fields in recent history. This tall test will be key in judging how well Burke will be able to acclimate himself to the NCAA game. Look for senior Stu Douglass to get the bulk of the minutes at PG in Hawaii, with Burke entering in a backup role to start the year. The key to how high the Wolverines can fly this year just may be contingent on how quickly Burke can make himself the #1 option at point. (more…)