DETROIT (WXYZ) - Imagine this picture, David Stern approaching the podium on June 27 with the Pistons eighth overall pick on the clock. Trey Burke's name is called and as he puts that red, and blue ball cap on his head; people from Michigan go nuts for the new point guard.
According to some basketball analysts, that could happen.
ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford released his mock draft last week and had Burke going eighth overall to the the Pistons, believing he would bring that "true" point guard to Detroit. Ford praised Burke on his shooting abilities and his leadership skills that helped drive the Michigan Wolverines all the way to the National Championship in April.
Burke is coming off of a magical year at Michigan, being named first-team All American by the Associated Press and then capped it off with the Naismith College Player of the Year. The only thing Burke missed out on for his trophy rack was the National Championship, after Michigan fell in the title game to Louisville, 82-76.
The sophomore guard opted out of his final two years at Michigan to enter the NBA draft; a place many believed he would be a top draft pick. Lately Burke's stock has fallen slightly because experts believe he may be undersized (6-1, 187 lbs) when compared to other NBA point guards.
In his final college season, Burke averaged 18.6 points per game while dishing out 6.7 assists per game capture the college and NBA attention.
According to reports, Burke was among some Detroit hopefuls that worked out for the team this past week.
While some people are hoping Burke lands in Detroit, many NBA draft experts have said the Pistons could go after either C.J. McCollum, point guard out of Lehigh, or Indiana center Cody Zeller.
During one of Greg Kelser's basketball camps, the Michigan State alum weighed in on what Burke coming to Detroit would mean.
"He would come in as a potential starter, I would think as a rookie, because the point guard position is still one that's questionable with the Pistons," said Kelser, who is the Pistons' television analyst. "And there's no question that he a point guard and nothing else"
"Trey Burke, I think that would benefit him tremendously if he could find the perfect fit for him, because he's a very talented player and on the right team he will excel."
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