2011 Draft Prospect Profile - Alec Burks
|Alec Burks is a shooting guard from Colorado University entering the 2011 NBA Draft as an early entry candidate. Leading the Buffaloes in scoring and assists with 20.5 ppg and 2.9 apg as a sophomore, Burks helped Colorado advance to semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. He was also one of two unanimous first-team all-Big 12 selections.|
What they're saying:
Draft Express: Capable of driving in either direction, Burks is a smooth yet explosive slasher with an outstanding second gear. He has excellent speed in the open floor and the body control and ball-handling skills needed to slither his way around opponents and get to the rim.
ESPN: Burks is one of the best athletes in the draft and our top rated SG in our Top 100. His ability to get to the rim and finish is the big draw for NBA execs. If he was a better shooter, he'd be a top 5 pick. As it stands right now, he's a likely lottery pick.
NBADraft.net: Freshman with intriguing size/length and athleticism ... Late bloomer who displays a ton of promise ... Shows the prerequisite size and athleticism to play the shooting guard position at the NBA level ... An explosive leaper with excellent finishing ability ... A good scorer who shows the ability to effectively score in a variety of ways, extremely proficient for such a young player ... Very smooth in the open floor converting impressive dunks and ally oops with regularity ... Has a soft touch and deft body control allowing him to effectively convert drives to the rim ... Shows a quick first step and the speed to get by opponents off the dribble ... Has the makings of being an excellent outside shooter, getting great lift, a high release, fluid motion, plus he's a 78% ft shooter ... Solid vision and passing ability ... Despite a slight frame, shows aggressiveness attacking the rim. He'll likely be able to finish a lot better as he gains weight ... An excellent rebounder for a wing ... Coachable player who has made excellent strides in his short time at Colorado ... Appears to have a lot of room to add strength. Frame appears capable of adding 30 lbs or more ... Defensively he shows quick hands and feet, long arms, plus solid anticipation jumping passing lanes ... His one on one defensive ability will be enhanced by added strength, but he shows the makings of a strong defender with a willingness to improve ...
MyNBADraft.com: Alec is a gifted athlete who will continue to get better, but what will make him a great player is to stay focused on playing great defense, and not trying to do to much in crunch time. Take pride in rebounding, and finding the open man for an assist. Through his unselfish playing he will make those around him better, and make himself that much better of an all around player.
NBA Draft Depot: An unheralded recruit out of Grandview, Missouri, Alec Burks received only two high major conference offers from Kansas State and Colorado. Over the last two seasons, Burks has developed into the best pure shooting guard prospect in college basketball. Physically, Burks has legitimate size for the position, though he is still a bit skinny, and he is a smooth athlete. He is a very good scorer able to attack the rim, allowing him to get to the free throw line, where he excels. Burks isn't a great three point shooter at this point, but he has potential to develop that aspect of his game since he has a nice release. He also has the tools to be a good defender, though he is, like many young players, inconsistent defensively. At this point in his development, Burks looks like a mid-first round prospect who could move up draft boards through workouts.