Trey Burke didn’t get to play for the Michigan Wolverines in their exhibition game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Thursday night in Ann Arbor.
Burke was suspended for one game for a violation of team standards. He didn’t miss much, nor did the Wolverines need him in their 83-47 win at the Crisler Center.
Based on everything I’ve read, Burke didn’t do anything too serious, and by all accounts, it seems like his violation was out of character. It also appears Burke regrets his actions.
That is a good thing. Because Burke, fair or not, is going to be held to higher standards. The sophomore point guard is a preseaon All-American on the No. 5 team in the country. He should be at his best on and off the court every single day.
Because while the Wolverines didn’t need Burke to beat Northern Michigan, they are going to need him to play when they start playing games that count, especially during the grind of what is going to be a highly competitive Big Ten season.
Burke averaged 14.8 points per game last season and also dished out 4.6 assists per outing for a total of 156. He also tallied 31 steals and grabbed 118 rebounds. Those numbers help earn him co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Burke is expected to be even better this season, and if the Wolverines are going to contend for the conference title and a shot at playing for the national championship, the talented young guard needs to be focused and do everything he can to help his team win games.
I can’t imagine Burke wants to let his team down again. The Wolverines are counting on him, and as long as he has learned his lesson and is ready to move forward, Burke is going to give Michigan a chance to win a lot of basketball games this season.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.