After being drafted ninth overall by the Jazz in 2013, Utah had high hopes for Trey Burke. After a promising rookie season in which Burke started 68 games, averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists per game, it all started going downhill.
Four years later, Burke was out of Utah and rotting on the Wizards' bench. What went wrong?
"Young Trey Burke was not all the way focused on basketball,'' Burke said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "Distractions going on in my life as a young player."
Burke took blame for his portion of why it didn't work in Utah, but cited the circumstances he was surrounded with weren't the most fertilizing for him.
"At the same time, I do feel I did a great job my rookie season. Second year, they drafted another point guard [Dante Exum] - which kind of messed with my mind. It played with me a little bit. That's where it went wrong. My rookie season the coach [Tyrone Corbin] gets fired. Going into the second year, it's a whole new coaching staff to get used to. Sometimes it don't work out.''
After spending most of this season in the G-League with the Westchester Knicks, Burke has been brought back to the NBA with the Knicks. He'll have the opportunity to play the Jazz at 10:30 p.m. Friday night.