Utah Jazz: New point guard Trey Burke willing to work to help Jazz win, become All-Star
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Trey Burke has something he wants to do after his head stops spinning and he's got a minute to himself after a flurry of meet and greets and press conferences that have taken place in Brooklyn and the Beehive State this week.
The 20-year-old wants to search the Internet.
Not to find new FarmVille playing partners or Grumpy Cat pictures.
Not to watch that famous game-tying shot he hit from 30 feet out in Michigan's Sweet 16 upset win over Kansas another time or 10.
Not even to read what people are writing about how the Utah Jazz traded two first-round picks to make him their new point guard while also dealing for French center Rudy Gobert and Brazilian playmaker Raul Neto on a very busy Thursday night.
Burke, who'll be an NBA rookie this fall instead of a college junior, has given himself a summer-school-like assignment.
Fully aware of the golden opportunity that lies ahead of him now that he's joined a team with zero returning point guards on its roster, the reigning NCAA national player of the year plans on scouring the Web for videos of the Jazz offense.
For him, Utah game tape is must-search YouTube.
"It's my job," Burke said, "away from the coaches, off the court, to do my homework, to watch a lot of film, watch the offense."
He wants to break down how Mo Williams — the Jazz point guard whose future with the franchise remains uncertain heading into this free agency period — ran the offensive system, where he went on plays and passed the ball.
"Just get used to the whole culture," he said.
Burke's baptism by fire into the Utah culture began Friday when he was flown to his new home — with his mom, Ronda, and his dad/agent, Benji — for the first time ever.
"It's a beautiful city," Burke said Friday at the team's practice facility. "The weather is great right now. They said it gets cold in the winter."
Not inside EnergySolutions Arena — when the Jazz are winning, at least.
Part of the warmth outside might've come from a re-energized Jazz fan base and organization that remained fired up after Utah added a potential-packed point guard — and two other promising players — to a young, exciting group that includes Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks.
"We couldn't be more pleased with our selections this year," said Steve Miller, the president of Miller Sports Properties, at the introductory press conference. "It is serendipity. The stars aligned, the planets came together, and we got exactly what we were looking for in this draft."
Jazz fans, the feeling is mutual from the guy hoping to add his name to the legacy of Rickey Green, John Stockton and Deron Williams.
"This is where I start my career, so I'm looking forward to it," Burke said. "It's very exciting."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin remains reluctant to hand the starting point guard reins over to Burke, the ninth overall pick, despite how Utah had to send the 14th selection (UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad) and No. 21 (Louisville center Gorgui Dieng) to Minnesota to acquire him.
Corbin doesn't want Burke — or other rookies — to buckle while trying to accomplish too much too quickly and have outside sources put undue pressure on him.
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