Trey Burke has had a meteoric rise during the past few months.
Last year when Burke flirted with the idea of declaring for the NBA draft, he was widely considered a second-round pick.
Even earlier this year, he was no higher on most draft boards than a mid-first rounder.
But following a transcendent NCAA Tournament performance that culminated in a close loss in the title game, Burke has seen his stock soar.
Heading into the combine, he was widely considered a top-10 pick, with some pundits putting him as high as a top three.
The biggest knock on Burke has been his size. He is a true point guard that can score in just about every way possible, but he does not have prototypical size for the NBA.
Heading into the combine, Burke needed to show that he wasn't quite as small as some pundits feared he was.
Burke measured at just a hair over 6'1" in shoes, which is just about where he probably hoped to land. He was just a touch under 6'0" without shoes, which was to be expected.
He also measured a decent wingspan (6'5.5") and weighed slightly more than expected (187lbs).
Burke did not choose to participate in the activities part of the process, but that was to be expected. Most of the top players did not participate.
He did, however, have a nice max vertical leap of 36.5 inches and compared fairly well to his point guard competition in the agility and quickness drills.
The Pistons probably only have one point guard on their list with their first pick, and that is without question Burke.
He has the rare intangibles that could make him a transcendent leader at the next level.
He has the heart, determination and pedigree to immediately help transform the culture in Detroit and bring back some winning ways.
The Pistons historically have only flourished with an elite point guard, and Burke is the only elite point guard in this draft.
That being said, questions remain as to whether or not he has the physical makeup to be successful at this level. Some argue that he will get pushed around on defense by physical guards and could have difficulty getting to the hoop in the NBA.
I have even heard some people whisper that Burke could be another Mateen Cleaves and could set the Pistons back even further.
Let's just put those fears to rest. Burke is no Cleaves.
Sure, both were great point guards that led local teams to postseason success. But Cleaves lacked athleticism, quickness and even a semblance of a shot.
Burke is quick, athletic and can hit shots from anywhere on the court.
He not only can create for others, but he can get his own shot whenever he wants it.
Obviously, there are no sure things in the the league. But Burke appears to be a fairly safe bet.
Some have compared him to Chris Paul, and there is reason to like that comparison. That being said, he probably won't be quite that good.
Personally, I think he is more likely to be a player like Mike Conley with the Memphis Grizzlies, albeit with better distribution qualities.
If the Pistons have indeed decided that Brandon Knight is better suited coming off the ball or off the bench as a super sub, then they need to do whatever possible to land Burke.