Trey Burke's move to the starting lineup means senior co-captain Stu Douglass will move to the bench, after he finished with zero points on four shots against Wayne State in last Friday’s exhibition win 49-37.
“I think he doesn’t mind, I know he doesn’t mind coming off the bench and hunting shots a little bit more, then running a team,” he said “He is a shot hunter more than a guy that is running a team. So it has worked well in practice so far. “
“Stu, I loved the way you played, but we need some scoring. We just scored 49 points, we need some scoring. I think it is best served that you back up at the point guard and start hunting some shots and looking for what we have seen from you before.”
Beilein said Burke is a true point guard and has done a great job of running a team. But it is still too early to see where this team is at the point guard position.
“I still think we are seeing the affects of the Darius Morris leaving early unexpectedly from earlier in the year till at the end,” he said. “So were still a little thin at the point guard spot, so that is going to be key that Trey makes the adjustments and that he also stays healthy. But we are certainly moving on the right direction. Most programs are going to have these peaks and valleys as long as we keep in the long run moving in the right direction. I think we are.”
Burke a four-star recruit out of high school and Ohio Mr. Basketball had seven points, four assists, and two turnovers in 28 minutes versus Wayne State in his Michigan debut.
“For me, I have to have the ball in my hands at all times,” Burke said after Fridays exhibition win. “Coach Beilein wants me to run the point when I am out there. I basically have to stay composed and keep the team composed. If somebody misses a shot, he says it is up to me to get them together and keep us all positive.”
Beilein said Burke is off to a good start, but has a whole new experience to get used to.
“It is very hard, you got a new culture at a college,” he said. “All these responsibilities and all of a sudden you are learning college basketball. I’ve like the way he has done it. I think that he see’s areas of improvement that he is working at as well.”
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