Sports Illustrated pegs Michigan's Trey Burke as an NBA draft lottery pick
Trey Burke's stock seems to take one giant step forward with every game he plays.
After putting on another show with a 23-point, 5-assist, 4-steal performance in No. 2 Michigan's 28-point romp at Northwestern on Thursday, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix bumped Burke up to No. 13 on his NBA draft big board -- placing the Michigan point guard inside his projected draft lottery.
"He runs that team so well," an Eastern Conference executive told Mannix. "He sets up the offense, he knows when to look for his shot, he has great acceleration and change of pace. The only knock on him is his size.
"If he was a few inches taller, he would be in the top-10."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Burke is now averaging 18.1 points per game, the third-best number in the Big Ten. He's also dished out 101 assists in 14 games (7.2 per game), tops in the Big Ten and fifth nationally.
His shooting percentage is now at 53.8 percent, up from 43.3 last season. And his 3-point percentage (40.9) is also an increase over last year.
Burke's also cut his turnovers per game down to 1.9, and holds the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten currently.
The last Michigan basketball player to be taken inside the lottery portion of the draft was Jamal Crawford in 2000.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford has Burke listed at No. 17 on his big board. He also has Glenn Robinson III at No. 36 and Tim Hardaway Jr. at No. 69 and Nik Stauskas at No. 82. Mitch McGary is No. 99.
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