Two years ago, Trey Burke wasn’t on anyone’s list of promising NBA prospects. A fantastic showing early in his freshman season at Michigan changed that dramatically. After leading the Wolverines to a Final Four berth in 2013 – the program’s first such trip in 20 years – he is now regarded as the No. 1 point guard in this year’s draft class. Burke recently commented that he thinks he has a chance to be the first player picked overall on June 27, though most analysts believe that’s a long shot.
Things the Draft Experts Like:
NBADraft.Net: “Point guard with tremendous heart and determination ... Many of the cliche attributes fit him: A natural born killer. Fearless warrior. Fierce competitor. Has a will to win. Will battle tooth and nail on every possession. Mind over matter guy who brings intangibles that don't show up on the box score. Clutch performer who seems to shine when it matters most ... A tremendous leader.”
ESPN.com: “Combining his talent with excellent acumen in ball-screen situations made Burke hard to guard, and prepared him well for the NBA, where offensive spacing actually accentuates his ability… And, as a creative playmaker, Burke was just as successful. In the Big Ten he assisted on almost 50 percent of the Wolverines’ baskets while he was on the floor. That is an insane number.”
DraftExpress.com: “A fantastic ball-handler with the ability to create offense with either hand and also change speeds at will, Burke has terrific timing and patience in the half-court, not being afraid to use his body to seek out contact in the lane or put a defender on his hip in the mid-range area to create an advantage.”
Draft Expert Concerns:
DraftExpress.com: “Michigan in general was not a great team defensively this season, and Burke certainly played a role in that, as his effort on this end of the floor wavers at times. Bigger guards can give him problems having their way with him physically, and he allows himself to get screened off rather easily in pick and roll situations, not doing a great job fighting over the top.”
ESPN.com: “While Burke is quick, he doesn't appear as fast or as explosive as most of the elite point guards in the NBA.”