Michigan vs. Indiana: Players Whose Draft Stocks Soared After Big Game
The Indiana Hoosiers (No. 3) took care of business against the Michigan Wolverines (No. 1) 81-73 in a game that featured some great young talent whose NBA draft stocks soared with sensational performances.
NBA scouts have a close eye on some of the top talent the college game has to offer all year, but they tend to zero in on big games like these to see how those players will perform in big spots against the stiffest competition.
Players from both Michigan and Indiana no doubt benefited from the exposure this game brought.
Let's take a look at which players came out smelling like roses.
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Premiere point guards are at a premium nowadays in the NBA, so it comes as a surprise that Burke hasn't been listed higher in most mock drafts by experts, but this game should change all of that.
Burke flashed his ability to score the ball by netting a game-high 25 points, but he also showed how great of a facilitator he is by notching eight assists.
To prove his all-around abilities, Burke hit the boards hard by grabbing five rebounds, and while he didn't shoot well, his versatility certainly overshadowed that.
Michigan might have lost this game, but it wasn't Burke's fault by any means. If this game doesn't show scouts that this kid can be a major impact player in multiple facets of the NBA game, I'm not sure what will.
Cody Zeller, F, Indiana
Zeller is already getting plenty of love from mock-draft experts, but this game might have given the Indiana forward a shot to be the No. 1 pick overall.
The seven-footer scored a team-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and while his dominance in the paint was on full display, Zeller also showed he can knock down a jumper.
Rebounding and defense are two categories that are vital to the success of any big man in the NBA, yet Zeller proved he could do both by grabbing nine boards (three offensive) and blocking two shots.
Scouts got a good look at just about everything Zeller can do, and it looks like he proved that he has the goods to be a solid NBA big man.
Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana
Oladipo is slated to be a second-round pick in the 2013 draft, but this game might have inched him closer to being a first-round selection.
The Indiana guard was an effective scorer, netting 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while flashing some range by draining a three-pointer in the win.
Oladipo had a solid all-around game with three rebounds and two assists, but also played well on the defensive end with two steals.
The versatility and athleticism of this talented guard is something to take notice of, and this game might have cemented that fact.
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