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Deonte Burton

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 193
  • Birthdate: 07/26/1991
  • College: Nevada
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Explosive athlete
  • Strong upper body
  • Can absorb contact in the paint
  • Gets to the rim with quick first step
  • Great wingspan
  • Durable and a solid defender

 

Weaknesses

  • Size
  • Could be a more consistent deep shooter
  • More scorer than playmaker
  • Shot selection needs tightening

 

NBA projection: Most analysts see Burton as an early- to mid second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Burton earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors after finishing second in the league and 26th nationally in scoring. Only two players in the country -- Providence’s Bryce Cotton (39.6) and Canisius’ Billy Baron (38.6) -- averaged more minutes per game than Burton.

 

Key statistics: 20.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg, 2.0 tpg, 38.4 mpg, .471 FG, .314 3PT, .742 FT

 

Cool statistic: Burton made 55 percent of his two-point attempts in 2013-14.

 

Reminds me of: Troy Bell

 

What Insiders Say

Nevada coach David Carter

“He's been a true leader. He's really raised the bar for our program in terms of work ethic. His competitiveness, competing, I always knew what I was going to get from him. That's a special player when you know he's going to come to battle for you. He's been special. I think he's had a great impact on our program.”

 

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Nevada's Deonte Burton also has supporters, with his ability to score (as evidenced here). His athletic ability was always there, but he became a better floor general as a senior, winning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors for the second time. NBA teams, scouts say, now view Burton as more trustworthy and capable of running a pro team. More>>

 

 

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