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Michigan NBA Alumni Update: Trey Burke working his way back from MCL sprain

The former National Player of the Year is starting to shine for New York after working his way back from an MCL sprain.

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Trey Burke’s knee is looking just fine.

The backup point for the Knicks spent most of his December recovering from an MCL sprain. He scored just nine points total for the month before last Saturday’s 12-point outing against Utah.

Against the Lakers Friday, he tallied 16 points on 13 shots in New York’s 119-112 road victory. It was his best production since a 29-point outburst Nov. 21 against Boston.

In his 19 minutes, he also managed a rebound, an assist and a steal over the Los Angeles sans Lebron James.

His teammate Tim Hardaway, Jr. averaged 19 points a game for New York this past week, shooting his way to 22 points (7-of-18) against the Lakers. He also tacked on six boards and two dimes in the losing effort.

The NBA legacy has been a volume shooter all season, needing 17 shots a night to reach his 20.6-point scoring average. He’s making just over 39 percent of his field goals overall, boosted by his 35 percent clip from three.

He was more efficient on New Year’s Day at Denver, needing just 12 shots to muster 16 points in a 115-108 defeat.


18-year vet Jamal Crawford keeps chipping away for the Phoenix Suns.

On Sunday night, he eclipsed double-digits, contributing 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting (one three) in a 119-113 loss to Charlotte.

His seven fourth-quarter points almost put the last-place Suns over the top late.

He also reached double figures Friday in a 121-111 loss to the Clippers. He notched 10 points, and also facilitated his teammates with four assists.

Other Notes

  • Moe Wagner saw the floor in the Lakers blowout loss Sunday night to Minnesota. He needed 10 shots to get to eight points, while also notching five rebounds.
  • Bucks forward D.J. Wilson only made the score sheet once this past week despite three appearances. In Friday night’s 144-112 blowout over Atlanta, he produced eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, five assists and four boards.

He also tore up the hardwood dance floor.

  • Piston wing Glenn Robinson III played seven minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s 121-98 loss to the Bucks, finishing with two points (1-2 FG), two steals and one assist.

He has been nursing an ankle injury dating back to last month.

  • Former Wolverine forward Jordan Morgan is best known for two pivotal charges: one against Syracuse in the 2013 Final Four and another versus Tennessee in the 2014 Sweet Sixteen.

He now is leading the front court for Banvit of the Turkish Basketball League (BSL). This past week, he filled the stat sheet in a 83-78 victory Sunday over Fenerbahce.

For those not versed in Turkish, that’s 20 points (9-of-13), eight rebounds and a block. This is his seventh team he’s played for in his professional career, as well as his fifth-different country.

On top of all this traveling and overseas living, he has also found a way to give back to his Detroit community. His foundation helps develop STEM educational programs in the inner-city.

Give the site a visit, and Morgan a follow.