NEW YORK – Trey Burke anticipates being picked between No. 2 and No. 8 in tomorrow’s NBA Draft. In other words, he doesn’t expect to drop lower than the Pistons, who hold the eighth pick.
Most players would be disappointed to fall to the bottom of their range – but not Burke.
“I think it’s definitely an advantage," Burke said. “Like you said, with the fanbase that I had at at Michigan, I’m sure I would gain more fans if I was to go to Detroit. So, I definitely think it’s an advantage. Obviously, I’m familiar with the whole state of Michigan now. I’ll be looking forward to going to the Pistons, if I’m still available.”
Burke met with the Pistons, and though he didn’t work out for them, he said they probably would have preferred he did. Instead, Burke met with Joe Dumars – whom Burke knows from playing with Dumars’ son, Jordan, at Michigan – and other members of the of organization he hadn’t met before.
“Everyone else just wanted to get a chance to find out who I was." Burke said. “I explained my whole life and how I got involved in playing basketball and the whole Michigan experience and what I think I could bring to the team and what I think I need to work on. It was a great meeting as a whole. I had a good time.
“When I left, I think they all had a sense of who I was off the court.”
And on the court? Burke said the Pistons didn’t stress the fact that he didn’t work out for them.
“They said that they got a chance to see me all year,” Burke said.