Trey Burke keeps learning through rookie season

Published 04/02 2014 07:22PM

Updated 04/02 2014 07:36PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - There are just seven games left in Trey Burke's rookie season with the Utah Jazz, and while there have definitely been some tough times, Burke is building the foundation for what he hopes is a long career with the Jazz.

"When you haven't gone through the grind of a season haven't really experienced it, you get tired mentally and physically," Burke said. "But you have to find ways to continue to play through that."

"He's learned a lot," said head coach Tyrone Corbin. "After the summer, then being hurt and coming back, having some successes, not playing so well at stretches, fighting back and playing well again, it's been a learning process for him."

After missing the first 11 games of the season with a fractured finger, Burke bounced back and was named the NBA Rookie of the Month in December and January. Burke has never lost this many games in his entire life, but he says going through adversity is helping him mature.

"Absolutely, it makes me stronger as a player," Burke said. "Things aren't always glitz and glamour on the court, so you remember those tough times, especially when you have some successes. Having this type of season is tough definitely. But we're finding ways to grow as a team, and the chemistry continues to get better and better."

"When you're in adversity, you don't think it's good to go through it," said Corbin. "But once you get through it and get a chance to fight your way back, you learn from those lessons."

Burke is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 assists per game, but he's shooting just 38 percent from the field. He says he will work on his shooting and his strength during the off-season, and he has definitely found a home in Utah.

"The best part about living here is the mountains and the people," Burke said. "I think the people embraced him as soon as I got here. I didn't know how I would adjust when I got drafted here, but I adjusted pretty quickly and I'm happy to be here." 

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