UM’s Beilein: Let's wait on retiring Burke’s No. 3

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Trey Burke earned national player of the year honors after leading Michigan to the 2013 national title game as a sophomore.

Ann Arbor — Ohio State will retire Evan Turner’s No. 21 on Tuesday night before its game against Michigan.

That raised an interesting question to John Beilein on Monday.

When will Michigan retire Trey Burke’s No. 3?

“Let’s put that on the back burner,” Beilein said. “Retiring, or honoring.

“With the 100-year reunion this year, let’s just embrace the culture, and revisit it this summer going forward what we do with jerseys.

“I don’t have feelings I’d like to share right now.”

Michigan basketball has just one retired number, Cazzie Russell’s No. 33. Bill Buntin’s No. 22, Phil Hubbard’s No. 35, Glen Rice’s No. 41 and Rudy Tomjanovich’s No. 45 are considered “honored” jerseys.

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Asked if he has had discussions with higher-ups about retiring Burke’s number, Beilein made a good point.

“I’ve had a lot of people above me over the last couple years,” Beilein said, laughing. “Every time we get a conversation, I’ve got another guy above me.

“I’m sure that (athletic director) Warde (Manuel) and I will probably talk about it.”

Manuel is the fourth athletic director Beilein has worked under during his nine-season tenure at Michigan.

Burke played two seasons at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to the 2013 national championship game — thanks, in no small part, to his game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in a regional semifinal victory over Kansas. He was the player of the year, just as Turner was in his third and final season at Ohio State in 2010.