MMQB: What If Trey Burke Had Stay Committed To Penn State?

Kevin C. Cox

It wouldn't be the Internet if we didn't squabble over things that never happened!

Tonight, Penn State plays for the Transitive Property national championship as Michigan takes on Louisville in the NCAA title game. But before this happens, let's take a trip down memory lane....

It's October 2009. A young Trey Burke is still a relative unknown junior playing in Columbus, Ohio when he commits to Penn State and Coach Ed DeChellis. He comes highly ranked by Rivals and ESPN, and yet, no one really is looking at him and he commits to the Nittany Lions a few months after their NIT championship.

Fast forward seven months....

Burke has a tremendous junior campaign at Northland HS and decides to re-open his commitment after garnering interest from Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. We know the story after that. He ultimately commits to Michigan and wins Mr. Ohio in basketball during his senior year of high school.

We return to the present day and the sophomore is the National Player of the Year and has his team one win away from a national title. Burke has a multitude of talent around him from Tim Hardaway, Jr. to Glenn Robinson III to new freshman tourney phenom Mitch McGary, but no one disputes that Burke is the leader and motor of the team. He is expected to head to the NBA after this year where he won't hurt Nittany Lions fans anymore.

So, for today's MMQB question: Where does Penn State go if Burke never changes his commitment and ends up in Happy Valley? Does Ed decide to stay if he knows he has a star point guard to take over for Talor Battle? Do they build off their 2011 tourney run and make it a bit deeper in the tournament? Is Penn State a Sweet 16 team this year? OR does it all not matter because it's Penn State and no team will ever succeed here blah blah blah? Vote and defend in the comments!


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