Trey Burke Leaves Michigan for the NBA

Trey Burke Leaves Michigan for the NBA

The best college basketball player in the nation for the 2013 season has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.

After winning the AP “College Player of the Year”, the “Oscar Robertson Award”, the “Bob Cousy Award”, and the “John Wooden Award”, all Trey Burke did was play in the National Championship Game.

“I’ve decided to declare for the 2013 NBA draft,” Burke said at a press conference at Crisler Center. “It’s always been a dream for me … I’m fortunate and blessed.”

Many thought he would declare last year, but he decided to remain a member of the Wolverines.  He believed he had more to learn, more to improve, and wanted the chance to win a National Title.

And he did improve his stats in every major category, scoring nearly four more points per game (18.6), two more assists (6.7), shot dramatically better from the field (46%) and from three-point range (83%). The Big Ten player of the year also doubled his total steals and set a Big Ten record by scoring at least 15 points in every game.

The experts believe he will be a first round pick, but not the first player chosen.  His size is the factor.  At just 6 feet tall, he will be undersized in the pros.

I wouldn’t look for that to be a major factor.  The NBA has few true point guards, and Burke was by far the best for two seasons in Michigan.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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