Others are freer with their opinions.
A quick review of on-line mock drafts show Burke is projected to go anywhere from sixth overall to 17th, with several in the early teens. That’s exactly where the Mavericks, in a season-long search for a point guard, could find themselves. Then again, after Burke’s second-half performance against Kansas, he could easily blow up and be gone long before the Mavericks choose.
Florida coach Billy Donovan, the last guard to go for 20 points and 10 assists in a Sweet 16 game before Burke, compared him to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.
“Just watching him, not only is he playing the game, but he’s also measuring the game, how are you guarding, what’s open, what can he do,” Donovan said.
At 6-feet, Burke isn’t as tall as Irving (6-3). Other guards may be more physical or more consistent from the perimeter. But no one on a talent-laden Michigan roster is complaining.
Burke himself credits film work for his progression this season.
“A lot of times I would play so fast, I wouldn’t see certain things,” Burke said. “I wouldn’t even give the defense time to react. The slower I play … when I actually see my options, the better I am.”
Burke has been tested by the Big Ten’s torture chamber of outstanding defenders: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.
Now he faces Wilbekin, who has frustrated top SEC guards like Missouri’s Phil Pressey. Another Florida guard, Mike Rosario, provided a scouting report on Burke.
“Just make him feel uncomfortable,” Rosario said.
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