SALT LAKE CITY (November 11, 2013) – The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, who underwent surgery on October 15 to repair a bone fracture in his right index finger suffered during an October 12 preseason game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers:
Burke was examined today in Salt Lake City by Dr. Douglas Hutchinson, the physician who performed his surgery. Dr. Hutchinson has cleared Burke to begin solo basketball drills. Burke will also continue physical therapy and strength-and-conditioning work and will be re-evaluated by Dr. Hutchinson on November 25.
Selected in the first round (ninth overall pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft, Burke (6-1, 190, Michigan) was acquired by the Jazz in a draft-night trade with Minnesota. Burke spent two seasons at the University of Michigan, where as a sophomore, the point guard led Michigan to the 2013 NCAA Championship Game and was the consensus selection as 2013 National Player of the Year. Burke averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range in 38 games his sophomore season. His 255 assists set a new Michigan single-season assist record while his 3.02 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked fifth-best in the nation. He also hit the game-tying three pointer to force overtime in a win over Kansas to advance the Wolverines to the Elite Eight.