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Trey Burke

  • Full Name: Trey Burke
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 187
  • Birthdate: November 12, 1992
  • College: Michigan
Minnesota Timberwolves (Traded to Utah Jazz on draft night) Round 1: Pick 9
 

- Pelicans work out Trey Burke

Strengths
- Great passer
- High basketball IQ
- Intense competitor
- Clutch performer
- Great assist-to-turnover ratio
- Makes free throws
- Good athlete
- Good handle

Weaknesses
- Doesn't have ideal size
- Finishing in traffic
- Can he defend taller point guards?

NBA projection
Burke is a top-10 pick, and as such will be able to impact a team right away because of his court savvy, his playmaking ability and the care he takes with the basketball. His assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior was 3-1, remarkable considering the number of minutes he played and the quality opponents Michigan faced night after night in the Big Ten and later in the NCAA tournament.

2012-13 Season
Burke was the consensus national player of the year and also won the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's best point guard, as he led Michigan to the national championship game. Burke averaged career highs in scoring (18.6), assists (6.7 apg), field-goal percentage (46.3), 3-point percentage (38.4), free-throw percentage (80.1) and steals (1.6 spg).

Key statistics
18.6 ppg | 3.2 rpg | 6.7 apg | 2.2 tpg | 1.6 spg | 35.3 mpg | .463 FG | .384 3PT | .801 FT

Cool statistic
Burke set Michigan's single season assist record of 260, in the process leading the Wolverines in assists in all but two or their 39 games. He passed for four or more assists in all but three games.

Reminds me of...
Kemba Walker

What Insiders Say
Michigan coach John Beilein
"I had no idea his development would go this fast until we started working with him a few times and saw the passion of his workouts, the leadership he showed. He got a great opportunity to play as a freshman. And for a coach to have a freshman point guard, it takes time to gain confidence in him. When we went to Maui, he had my confidence from there on out. He played great in one of the best tournaments in the world. And ever since then he just hasn't stopped working."

What Outsiders Say
Florida coach Billy Donovan
"When you're dealing with him, it is a long process. You can do a great job on him for 10 minutes, a great job on him for 25 minutes. He has got the ability just to explode at any point in time. And it's got to be a concerted effort against him for 40 minutes. ... He's got that kind of ability where if you rest a little bit or think that he's not going to do something, that's exactly when he creates great plays for himself or his team."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch