College basketball: Q&A with Michigan's Trey Burke

One week after losing a heartbreaking national championship game to Louisville, Michigan guard Trey Burke, the recently named National Player of the Year, was in Oklahoma City to accept the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 15, 2013
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photo - Trey Burke speaks with the media at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 15, 2013. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman
Trey Burke speaks with the media at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 15, 2013. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman

But coming back for another season seemed to benefit you personally, correct?

“Definitely. I was able to come back for another year, grow mentally and physically and I was able to be more of a leader really. That was one of the biggest areas I needed to grow, being more of a leader and allowing my team to hear my voice out there and I think I did a good job of that.”

What about from a personal standpoint?

“Going back to school and the whole college experience, that was something I needed again after my first year and I wanted to come back and still be a kid, be a kid again, go to school and get the whole college experience and I think that allowed me to grow up as well.”

Have you been able to see much of Marcus Smart?

“I've seen him play a couple games. It's hard to see guys out of the conference, because we don't play against them, but me just being a basketball fan, knowing good players, I've seen him play. He's a phenomenal player.”

What kind of ride was this year for you?

“Lot of ups and downs as a team. But as far as the whole year, I think we had a really good year as a team. We came through a lot of challenges and overcame a lot of challenges and it's allowed us to grow as a team and make a deep run in March. Overall, I had a pretty good year in my opinion. But I'm my biggest critic, so I'd be lying if I sat up here and said I had a great year, but I think I did a good job of leading this team, coming back my second year and being more of a voice on the court.”

 

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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