Michigan’s Trey Burke has been projected to go as high as No. 2 in the NBA draft. (John W. McDonough/SI)
Trey Burke won numerous National Player of the Year awards on his way to leading Michigan to a national title game appearance. He made a savvy decision to pass up the NBA draft after his freshman season, and used his sophomore campaign to show off his abilities both as an efficient, high-usage scorer and an excellent assist man who took terrific care of the ball. On a team with so many underclassmen, that’s especially impressive.
Now Burke must prove he can develop into a notable NBA point guard, despite a relative lack of size and the elite quickness that normally is a necessity for smaller lead guards in the NBA. Burke is no stranger to overcoming doubters, but he’ll have to do so again to have a solid NBA career. That’s despite expectations that he will go somewhere in the top seven or eight picks in this month’s draft, and possibly as high as No. 2 to Orlando.