Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla has Trey Burke as the top PG in this year's NBA draft. (Duh)
He has him ahead of CJ McCollum of Lehigh. One might says he has Burke Lehigher on his list. (Cringe)
Fraschilla compares him to last year's ROY, Damian Lillard in that he might be able to start at PG right away for a lottery team.
Because Burke will be selected by a team in the lottery that will have a specific need for the position, he has a chance to have the same impact that the Blazers' Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard had this past season. He'll likely start immediately, but I am not sure even he and his great will to win can affect a team's improvement right away.
Title basically says it all. One of the ESPN Insider writers (in this case David Thorpe) makes a case for why Trey Burke should be the overall #1 pick, backing it with STATS!!!
I don't believe this is part of a series where they have different writers make cases for different players. I believe this is his honest opinion.
OSU freshman PG Marcus Smart, projected top 5 NBA Draft Pick, is announcing his decision tomorrow--in the Student Union with teammates Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown. Unless he has people advising him worse than LeBron with "the Decision," Smart is probably returning to school next year. Pretty surprising given his draft position.
This would most likely make Trey Burke the #1 PG in this year's draft. On the negative side, it is one less lottery pick in the draft and could make GR III or McGary a little more likely to go pro this year.
Markel Brown, Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart are expected to announce whether they are entering the NBA draft at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The press conference is in the Student Union and is open to the public.
Michigan basketball banquet tonight at Crisler.
From the twitterz:
Matt Shepard ( Matt Shepard @ShepMatt) with Trey Burke's Player of the Year trophy haul and the NCAA South Regional Championship trophy:
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award - Trey Burke
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award - Tim Hardaway Jr.
Sixth Man of the Year - Mitch McGary
Thad Garner Leadership Award - Corey Person
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award - Jon Horford
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan
Iron Man Award - Glenn Robinson III. Didn't miss one of the 109 practices this season.
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Mitch McGary
Gary Grant award for most assists: Trey Burke
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Mitch McGary
Free Throw Shooting Award: Nik Stauskas
Academic Achievement: Jordan Morgan (Industrial & Operations Engineering), Josh Bartelstein (Sport Management), Matt Vogrich (Business)
Project Yam nominees, also known as Slam Dunk of the Year - #1 goes to Tim Hardaway's Tomahawk in the Champ Game
Those of you who were lucky enough to attend, please share your stories here.
As if coming close a national championship wasn't fun enough in it's own right, Michigan got the added benefit of even more exposure with top football recruits. Not that these kids don't like Michigan, but Trey's game is incredibly entertaining even if you're not a fan of any particular school and just like watching basketball.
A few examples that have popped across my twitter from following various Michigan football outlets, as I find the idea of following a high school junior on twitter slightly disturbing unless it's your job (or you're a high school junior). Yes, interest in the tweets vs. following them directly is a fine distinction, but one that lets me justify my Michigan Football addiction. If I were Dantonio and company, I wouldn't get too comfortable about Lawrence Marshall just because he's had some kind words to say about MSU, that recruitment is far from over.
Here's top defensive end prospect Malik McDowell
It's already over Trey about to go nutz.— Dream Team LEEK (@D1_LEEK) April 9, 2013
Fellow top DE prospect Lawrence Marshall
"WE ON"— Lawrence Marshall Jr (@ESPN_Lo) April 9, 2013
Accoring to this atricle...burke on espn radio in LA said he will make a decision this Sunday
Sorry if there is a rule against posting freep stuff...this my first post.