Is Trey Burke number five?
Based on his performance throughout his sophomore season at Michigan leading them all the way to the national title game, he very well could be. But do the Phoenix Suns take another point guard. If anything it is the deepest position on the team with Goran Dragic at the helm and a year removed from using a first round pick on Kendall Marshall.
But Suns GM Ryan McDonough has maintained that they will draft the best player available and not necessarily a need. If all the wing players like Porter, Mclemore and Oladipo are off the board by five, Burke might be an intriguing player for the Suns with not only his ability to play the point, but his great ability to shoot from the perimeter.
Career highlights: Both the 2013 Consensus National Player of the Year and a Consensus All-American as a sophomore. Helped Michigan reach the national title game and it’s first final four since 1993. Ranks in the top ten all time at Michigan in assists after just two season and set single-season record for assists with 260 in 2012-13. Last season, he averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game with a field goal percentage of 46.3% including 38.4% from three. Led the Big Ten in assists per game and was 12th in the nation. Chosen as Big Ten player of the year and unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection. Was the only Big Ten player to score at least 15 points in every conference game.
Strengths: Outstanding penetrator with terrific body control and ball handling ability. Extremely effective distributor. Plays with great pace and makes smart decisions with the ball. Good outside shooter. Tough and competitive.
Personal: Former high school teammate of Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger. The pair played for Jared’s father James “Satch” Sullinger at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.
Stats and accolades provided by the Phoenix Suns.