Analyst sees Michigan's Trey Burke as a first-round NBA draft choice in 2013
ANN ARBOR -- Respected NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givony, like most people, was cautious about the idea of Michigan point guard Trey Burke leaving school early in 2012.
But if early predictions mean anything, Givony -- owner and operator of DraftXpress.com -- believes Burke's decision after the 2012-13 campaign might not be so difficult.
Givony recently ranked Burke as the second-best pro-ready prospect in the Big Ten this season, behind Indiana's Cody Zeller, and projects him as a top 25 choice in the 2013 NBA draft.
"There aren't a huge number of 6-0 point guards in the NBA right now, but the ones that are are similar to Burke-- extremely fast, excellent ball-handlers, and prolific scorers who can shoot with range, play the pick and roll and show great poise, confidence and toughness," Givony writes. "There will surely be adjustments that he'll need to make to playing in the NBA, particularly if asked to start off in a backup role, but Burke looks to have the talent to do so.
"Coming off an unexpectedly strong freshman campaign, NBA teams will be watching closely all season to see how Burke follows up as a sophomore and whether he's able to take his game, and his team, to the next level."
Presently, Givony has Burke rated as the third-best point guard on his board, and sees him as the No. 24 overall selection next June. Givony does not have Michigan junior Tim Hardaway Jr. on his two-round mock projection at this point.
Burke, obviously, hasn't offered any insight into what type of decision he'll make after the season -- maintaining a complete focus on leading Michigan in 2012-13.
“I just felt like I could develop more, and me coming back to this team next year, we have a great shot to compete for another Big Ten championship and to compete for a national championship,” Burke said last April. “I feel like we have unfinished business.”