John Beilein landed a big commitment today when Columbus (OH) Northland prospect Trey Burke gave his verbal to the Wolverines this afternoon. The 6-1, 170 pound point guard is Rivals.com’s No. 136 overall prospect for the class of 2011, and ESPN has him just inside their top 100 at No. 99. Burke averaged 14.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game while shooting 60% from the field, 49% from three, and 78% from the free throw line as a junior last year for Northland, a powerhouse basketball school that produced two 2010 Ohio State commits in Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon. Here’s ESPN’s latest evaluation of him, from April of this year:
Trey is a scoring point guard. He is good in transtion were he is crafty and scores well in the paint. He is a solid basketball athlete so he can make athletic plays he’s just not a sky walker. Burke is more of a scorer than a shooter though he is a solid shooter. He is creative offensively and can find ways to put the ball in the basket. He has a solid mid range game and has range on his shot to 22 feet. Trey makes solid decisions and is a decent creator. He is a very good defender. He uses his strength well on defense and takes pride in slowing down his opponent. For a point guard he is also a good rebounder. Burke always plays hard and is a very good competitor.
Burke joins shooting guard Carlton Brundidge in Michigan’s class of 2011, leaving one open scholarship in the class, which will almost certainly go to a big man — Detroit Country Day center Amir Williams is likely the team’s top target if they can convince him to stay close to home. For more on Burke’s commitment, head over to UMHoops to check out Dylan’s commitment post.