2013 NBA Draft: How Trey Burke Can Solidify Himself as a Top Five Pick

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIMarch 29, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23:  Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts in the first half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan's star point guard, Trey Burke, has not been talked about enough throughout the course of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season.

I mean, what's not to talk about?

Should I mention the fact that he leads his team in points per game with 18.8? Or how he leads his team in assists per game with 6.7? What about his 13 20-plus point games and 14 games with eight or more assists this year?

Clearly, there is plenty to talk about when it comes to Burke, and with the 2013 NBA draft looming in the near future, it's time to talk about his worth as a future NBA player.

Let's get the height out of the way first. Yes, he is only 6'0" and doesn't have the prototypical height for an NBA point guard. But when we take a look at some of the best point guards in the NBA today, I see similarities with height.



Top NBA Point Guards, 6'1" or Shorter


Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets—5'11"

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers—6'0"

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs—6'1"

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics—6'1"

Last time I checked, all of these point guards have had success in the NBA one way or another. So height is not an issue.

Strength can be an issue too, as he could potentially be a liability on defense. Although, strength is something that can be worked on in the weight room.

Athleticism on the other hand, can't be worked on in the weight room; it is something you're born with.

Burke possesses the full package. He's a quick distributor of the basketball with terrific court vision that no coach or mentor can teach. He can pull up in transition and knock down a jump shot over your best defender. Get in his face and he'll drain the step-back fadeaway in your grill.

He's a natural born leader who has the confidence to put the game in his hands. Burke can run the floor as quick as any professional point guard. He knows when to draw the double-team and dish it out to a teammate for the open jumper. He has a high basketball IQ and can create opportunities for his teammates to excel. Simply put, he makes everyone around him better on the floor.

Why wouldn't you want a guy like this on your team?

The sophomore has helped revamp a Michigan basketball program by taking them to two consecutive NCAA tournaments as a No. 4 seed, as well as their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1994.

If Burke can lead his Wolverines past Kansas in the Sweet 16, NBA teams will have no choice but to put him as a top-five player on their draft boards for the upcoming draft. 

Although I spelled his name wrong (sorry Trey), here is my tweet from late November, just as the season was getting underway:

Jordan Hulls has terrific court awareness. Tre Burke is the best PG in the nation.

— Matt Schreiber (@SchreibersTake) November 28, 2012


I have been behind Burke for the last two years and am standing by his talent.

Of the NBA teams currently in the bottom 10 in the league that have a shot at a top-five pick in June, New Orleans, Charlotte, Sacramento, Phoenix and Orlando could certainly benefit from what Burke has to offer.

Keep an eye on Trey and follow him throughout his professional career. This guy is an up-and-coming stud.

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