Michigan‘s All-American point guard Trey Burke has been suspended by the team for their first exhibition game. Burke was suspended because of a violation of team standards.
Earlier on Tuesday, when speaking with the media, John Beilein said “We have high standards and values for our student-athletes and we expect everyone to meet those expectations. Trey will sit out the first game as a result of some ‘out of character’ decisions he now regrets. We believe he has learned a valuable lesson and we are confident he will grow from this experience”, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.
The Wolverines will be taking on Northern Michigan on Thursday. Obviously, Michigan will still dominate, and the game doesn’t count anyways. So, the fact that Burke is missing a game is not the takeaway here. The biggest impact will be that freshman Spike Albrecht should get the start and a lot of minutes. In a meaningless game it should be good for a true freshman to get some experience and for the coaches to get a look at him in real action.
For Michigan, hopefully this is a one time thing. If Burke is getting in trouble all season it will be a huge distraction for the team, and a problem. I doubt that will happen, though. Burke seems like a very driven player, and passed up on the NBA, for one more year at Michigan. I don’t believe he would risk his whole basketball future by breaking the rules again. The most likely result is that Burke walks a fine line from here on out. He will be back for Michigan’s next game against Saginaw Valley State on Monday, also an exhibition. Michigan opens their regular season on Friday November 9th against Slippery Rock University.