He has been in the national spotlight both during the AAU season leading his All-Ohio Red team to a national championship, and running the show for his Northland High School team in leading them to a state championship. Now 2011 point guard Trey Burke is headed to the Big Ten after coming to his college decision on Wednesday night.
Burke spent most of his time growing up in Columbus, Ohio watching Big Ten basketball. Also during his formative years as a basketball player Burke spent time watching the nationally ranked Columbus Broookhaven squads featuring future college stars like Drew Lavender, Ron Lewis, and Jamelle Cornley.
Cornley ended up picking Penn State for his college career, and Burke took notice. Now the number 105 ranked prospect in the class of 2011 will follow his family friend Cornley to State College.
"Jamelle told me that he had a great experience and that the way they used Talor Battle was perfect for me. It is my style of play, and they run a lot of ball screens which I like. I feel real comfortable with the decision I made and I am excited," said Burke.
Burke chose Penn State over offers from Butler, Ohio University, Akron, James Madison, Cleveland State, and Kent State. Also he had significant attention from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Baylor, and Notre Dame.
"It was real hard," said Burke of his decision. "All of the coaches that were recruiting me, I had a good relationship with them. I went on some visits. It was a hard process and a tough decision for me. I just want to say thanks to everybody, but I am ready to be at Penn State."
With his commitment Burke becomes the first commitment for the Lions in the class of 2011.