Trey Burke NBA Combine 2013: Measurements, Analysis and Draft Projection
Trey Burke had an incredible college basketball season at Michigan, and he is ready to take his talent to the NBA.
At the league's scouting combine, the talented point guard will not participate in drills, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS:
Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and Mason Plumee -- among others -- won't do anything competitive on the court in Chicago.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) May 14, 2013
However, he can still solidify his standing as one of the top picks in the draft by doing well in interviews and posting strong measurements in Chicago.
While this week is not a make-or-break moment for the All-American, Burke is certain to receive plenty of attention at this event. Here is a look at the player's profile heading into the bulk of the draft season.
A lack of height is one of the biggest things preventing Burke from being an elite point guard in the NBA. He was only listed at 6'0" on Michigan's official website and could have been even smaller than his listing.
Fortunately, his official measurements were better than originally thought. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, the guard said that he measured at 6'1" with a wingspan of 6'5".
Considering how well the 6'0" Chris Paul has done over the years, it is certainly possible for Burke to find the same level of success or close to it at the next level.
As Jeff Rabjohns of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, there was not much room for Burke to improve his stock at the combine:
Zero reason for Trey Burke to take part in NBA draft combine drills. He's the No. 1 PG on the board and it's not close.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) May 16, 2013
The point guard was outstanding during his sophomore season for the Wolverines, totaling 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game. His contributions on the court helped him become the consensus National Player of the Year.
How will Trey Burke fare in the NBA?
Of course, it was more than just his statistics that were so impressive. He was one of the quickest guards in America with the ability to beat almost anyone to the lane where he was able to finish at the rim. If given space, he was able to hit three-point shots consistently.
In addition, he is also a very good passer who continually created open shots for his teammates. Finally, the toughness and will to win that was on display during the NCAA tournament is not something that should be ignored.
While he might not be an elite defender, his strength and quickness will allow him to stay in front of opponents and do enough to help his team.
Burke is one of the safer picks in the draft and should be an above-average starter for years to come.
There is little doubt that Burke is the top point guard on the board, but his actual draft position will be highly dependent on the lottery and team need.
ESPN reports that 11 teams have already requested interviews with the 20-year-old:
11 teams reportedly have asked to interview Trey Burke, but Detroit isn't one of them. Are the Pistons interested? es.pn/107F9fs— ESPN (@NBARumorCentral) May 16, 2013
If a team like the Orlando Magic wins the lottery and decides that they need a point guard, Burke could end up being the first player selected in the entire draft. However, a more likely scenario is that Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore go No. 1 and No. 2 in some order.
After that, Burke will find a spot where he is needed, which will likely be somewhere between the No. 3 pick and the No. 10 pick.
Still, the college star will almost certainly be selected at some point in the lottery and should go on to have a very successful NBA career.
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