Don’t wince now, Wolverines fan, but Michigan sophomore Trey Burke is now verified on Twitter.
I’m sure it means nothing…But one could speculate that Burke is headed to the NBA off of that nugget of information alone.
Whoa, when did @trey_burke3 get a verified Twitter account ... big-timer now!— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 12, 2013
From my experience on Twitter, professional athletes are generally the only athletes who get verified accounts. It is rare to see a collegiate player get a verified account, regardless of the fame and popularity surrounding said baller. There are some extreme examples, though (e.g. 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel).
I checked Twitter’s FAQ about verified accounts, and the company makes no claim about not verifying college athletes. However, I remember in the past, Twitter verified college athletes literally the day they are drafted by a professional team. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence.
Burke told an ESPN Radio affiliate in Los Angeles that he will make his decision about entering the NBA on Sunday.
It would surprise me if Burke took the Taylor Lewan route and stayed at Michigan, especially with the praise the national media is giving Burke right now—which he rightfully earned, mind you.
If, and when, Burke does enter the NBA draft this Sunday, let the U-M fan conspiracy theories fly about what that blue check mark on his social media page really meant Friday.