Braden Burke (7’0” RS jr) has entered his name into the transfer portal and appears set to leave the men’s basketball team after appearing in 17 games over the last two years for Michigan State. Burke played 12 minutes over eight games this season, after 13 minutes over nine games in his first year playing for Tom Izzo (following his red-shirt year after transferring from Robert Morris). Burke was not a scholarship player.
He was a little used forward for Michigan State, despite his size, but after spending three years in the Michigan State program I am cautiously optimistic that he can find a large playing role at a school with a slightly lower playing-level than the B1G. Burke never really got going at MSU, in large part due to his inability to improve his shooting form (really poor looking form on his jumper) and an inability to adjust to the speed of play.
I think he might find success though as a space-eater, rim-deterrent, and finisher for a lot of MAC, Ohio Valley, or possibly Horizon schools depending on his desire to play significant minutes. You can’t teach size, which Burke has, and his frame has filled out. Fortunately, Burke will have a big-time ally and advocate: Tom Izzo (and the rest of the staff). They know his game, his strengths and weaknesses, and they will be making tons of calls on his behalf to find him a great situation.
Braden Burke may not have played a ton for Michigan State, but he is a Spartan and played a significant role on the scout team for three consecutive B1G championship teams, he went to a Final Four, and he has a bright future ahead of him.
Best of luck Braden, we can’t wait to see your career continue wherever it takes you!