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Prospect Profile

Alec Burks

  • Full Name: Alec Burks
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 195
  • Birthdate: July 20, 1991
  • College: Colorado
Utah Jazz Round 1: Pick 12


  * Prototypical two-guard size
  * Gets to the rim at will
  * Good free-throw shooter
  * Knows how to score


  * Has to get bigger and stronger
  * Needs to refine three-point stroke 

NBA projection:
Burks is a lottery pick, based on production and potential. He put up great numbers in college, but he can do a lot more, and being able to work on his game as many hours in the day as he chooses will help him shore up his weaknesses and have a long, productive NBA career.

2010-11 Season:
Burks was one of just two unanimous first-team All-Big 12 picks this season after leading his team in scoring and assists. He averaged 25.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists as Colorado advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament for the first time in their 15 seasons in the league. Burks also helped lead the Buffaloes to the semifinals of the NIT.

Key statistics:
20.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.6 tpg, 1.1 spg, 33.9 mpg, .469 FG, .292 3PT, .825 FT

Cool statistic:
Burks is only the third underclassman in Colorado history to declare for the draft. The first was Chauncey Billups in 1997, and the second was David Harrison in 2003.

Reminds me of:
Evan Turner

What Insiders Say:
Colorado coach Tad Boyle
"He's a better shooter than people give him credit for; I see it in practice every day. He's so good with the ball going to the basket, virtually anytime he wants. Because of that, he doesn't shoot a lot of jump shots. He scores a lot of his points at the free-throw line because he gets to the rim so often."

What Outsiders Say:
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg
"[Burks is] a big-time player, a prototypical wing in the NBA, just the way he plays. He does such a good job of drawing fouls and drawing contact. He handles the ball extremely well, and he's great in transition. And he shoots the ball."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

2009-10 30 30.2 172 320 .538 149 193 .772 5.0 1.8 1.2 0.4 512 17.1
2010-11 38 31.4 251 535 .469 249 302 .825 6.5 2.9 1.1 0.3 779 20.5
Totals 68 30.9 423 855 .495 398 495 .804 5.8 2.4 1.1 0.4 1291 19.0
Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 19-for-54 (.352); 2010-11, 28-for-96 (.292). Totals: 47-for-150 (.313).

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