Dachon Burke knows there will come a day when his patience will be tested.
A few months from now, when the Nebraska men's basketball team is suiting up for its season opener, Burke will walk to the bench in street clothes, unable to play during the 2018-19 season as he sits out after transferring from Robert Morris.
For now, Burke is getting a taste of why he made the move from mid-major scoring machine to trying to prove himself on the power conference stage as he goes through summer workouts with the Huskers.
"I wouldn’t say it’s hurting me right now because it’s like a game in here every day. We’re working out, we’re going at each other," Burke said before a recent workout. "But when November comes, October comes, I think I’ll start to get that feeling like, I know I’m not playing for a whole year. It’s not like I’m missing a game or two, it’s the whole season. But this is what I signed up for."
The Nebraska men's basketball team is happy Burke signed up for a tour with the Huskers after deciding to leave Robert Morris after his breakout sophomore season.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard led the Colonials in scoring last season at 17.6 points per game, and was the team's second-leading rebounder, averaging 5.8 per game. He also averaged 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals a while playing 33 minutes a game.
He played in and started 32 of Robert Morris' 33 games. As a freshman, he played in all 33 of the Colonials' contests, starting 17.
But the New Jersey native wanted a bigger challenge after RMU went a combined 30-36 in those two seasons.
Shortly after announcing his intention to transfer in mid-April, Burke was visited at his home in Orange, New Jersey, by Huskers coach Tim Miles. A little more than we week after that, Burke was in Lincoln for an official visit and committed to the Huskers on that trip, picking NU over Pittsburgh and St. John's.
"I'm not even trying to be cocky — Jersey guards are different. I come in here every day feeling like I have to prove myself. And that's how I like it," Burke said. "It's different from the lower level. And that's nothing against mid-majors because it's tremendous basketball.
"But at the high-major (level), everybody's trying to go to the next level. So you have to bring your game or the next person is going to step up."
Burke spent the first few weeks of summer workouts going up against James Palmer in five-on-five workouts. Nebraska's all-conference guard traveled a similar road to Burke, transferring from Miami and sitting out one season before an explosive junior year.
Off the court, Burke is roommates with Palmer and Glynn Watson. Two good guys to lean on for advice.
"Everybody's been open. James, he's been through the process I've been through, so he talks to me a lot about it," Burke said. "And Glynn's been the point guard; a vet. So just living with them, you pick up things, and their work habits are good as well."
Whether Burke becomes the next transfer to have a big impact on Nebraska's program remains to be seen. For now, he works behind closed doors as the Huskers begin their push for an NCAA Tournament berth.
"Everybody is one. Coming here, I thought it would take some time for me (to fit in) because everybody has different games," Burke said. "But it's like I've been playing with them for years.
"And the chemistry — we're all making plays for each other, clapping up for each other. It's a different level and a different type of feel."