Trey Burke's draft stock seems to be rising as Michigan continues to win
The Michigan basketball team has continued to play up to its early-season expectations through six games, currently coming in at No. 3 in both major Top 25 polls.
A big reason for that, of course, is sophomore point guard Trey Burke.
Burke is currently averaging 16.7 points and 7.5 assists through six games, and his stock on most NBA draft boards continues to see strong improvement because of it.
Projected as a second-round pick by most last April, Burke now finds himself as a strong first rounder in the eyes of several analysts early this season.
DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony currently has Burke at No. 17 on his 2013 NBA mock draft, making him the second-best point guard prospect available.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix agrees, slotting Burke at No. 18 after an impressive start to the season.
"As Michigan rises in the rankings, so does Burke," Mannix writes. "An adept ball handler who reads defenses well and excels in ball-screen situations, an NBA bread-and-butter play. Burke continues to be a little sloppy at times, but he is boosting his draft stock significantly in his second season.
"Burke's field-goal percentage (48.1) and three-point percentage (37) are up from last season."
Burke is the only Michigan player currently listed on Givony's two-round mock draft, and Mannix has no other Wolverine in his top 20 prospects ranking.
ESPN's Chad Ford doesn't have Burke anywhere near that high in his Top 100 list, slotting Burke at No. 50.
In fact, Ford ranks Burke as the fifth-best Big Ten prospect for next season -- behind No. 1 Cody Zeller (Indiana), No. 2 Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), No. 3 Garry Harris (Michigan State) and No. 4 Branden Dawson (Michigan State).