Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/17/14
Home can be so many things to people. On some nights for pro athletes, it’s the hotel they sleep in during a trip. For Trey Burke, it’s a blurred line between his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and his second home of Ann Arbor, where he helped Michigan win a share of the Big Ten title and reach the national championship game. Now, Burke makes his first trip back to his “second home” as a member of the Jazz, which plays the Pistons at The Palace on Friday. “It feels good to be back here for the first time since being at Michigan. I’m looking forward to the opportunity; it should be fun,” Burke said Thursday. “I know I have a big fan base there. I know there will be a lot of Pistons fans but there will be a lot of people cheering for me as well.” It’s the place Burke would have called home if the Pistons hadn’t passed on him with the eighth pick and instead drafted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. With the next pick, the Timberwolves picked Burke and traded his draft rights to the Jazz. Many experts questioned whether Burke would excel in the NBA because of his 6-foot frame and lack of elite-level quickness, and doubted he could hold his own on a nightly basis against players such as Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Deron Williams. And his lackluster performance during summer league had some experts labeling him a good “college” player. But after missing 12 games (broken finger), Burke has found his groove. In the two months since his debut, Burke is averaging 13.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He was named rookie of the month in December, and Wednesday in a nationally-televised game at San Antonio, had a season-high 11 assists and scored 11 of his 17 points in the last two minutes.
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