Michigan State basketball already has a stacked frontcourt for the 2017-18 season. Braden Burke won’t be a part of it. In fact, he won’t even be on scholarship.
Burke, a 6-foot-11 center from Robert Morris, announced Wednesday his decision to transfer to Michigan State. Steve Bell from ACB/Bank Hoops, Burke’s AAU program, confirmed to Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski that Burke will be a walk-on, and added that he chose the Spartans over scholarship offers from IPFW and Milwaukee.
— Braden Burke (@BradenBurke_) May 11, 2017
This is a homecoming for Burke, who hails from Stevensville, Mich, and he’ll bring some impressive size that’s rare for a walk-on. He averaged 4.3 points per game in his freshman season at Robert Morris, and will need to add some muscle to his 220-pound frame if he wants to carve out any sort of role beyond that of a practice player. But his height could give him opportunities most walk-ons don’t get.