“I think my plan is to pick up on things much quicker than they expect me to pick up on things,” he said. “That’s something that happened at the University of Michigan — the coaches were very surprised at how fast I picked up on the offense and things like that, so I think it’s my job away from the coaches off the court, to do my homework.”
Burke rose in the minds of pro scouts with impressive play in the NCAA Tournament, which included a 30-foot shot to tie Kansas in the final second of a Sweet 16 game the Wolverines eventually won in overtime.
“I think it was just a really good shot,” Burke said. “A memorable shot, and a memorable game as well. But at the same time, I bring much more to the game than 30-foot shots and I definitely feel like I’m a really good playmaker, really smart point guard that can lead his team and win. That’s more important to me.”
When he was originally drafted by Minnesota, Burke said, he worried about an “awkward” situation due to the presence of young point guard Ricky Rubio. But he quickly realized that he would be on the move.
“Once I found out I got traded,” he said, “I was thrilled to know that I was going to be in a city where I would be able to really focus off the court. There’s not too much distractions.”
Learning “how to be a professional off the court,” he added, “affects you on the court in a positive way.”
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