Trey Burke a matchup nightmare? ESPN ranks the Michigan point guard as the second-toughest player to check in America
Teams having trouble stopping Michigan point guard Trey Burke shouldn't feel bad.
He does this to everybody.
Burke, a preseason All-American, is averaging 17.4 points and 7.1 assists per game this season. He's also shooting an outstanding 51.9 percent from the floor.
Those numbers, combined with the success of the team he leads, make Burke the second-biggest "matchup nightmare" in America, according to ESPN.com -- right behind Louisville's Russ Smith.
"Burke sets the tone and pace for the Michigan offense and defense," analyst Seth Greenberg wrote. "He brings the ball in transition at warp speed, and his ability to stop on a dime and change speed and direction makes him tough to keep out of the lane. Burke not only explodes off ball screens, but he also does a terrific job of reading the hedge defender.
"He can reject the ball screen and attack the big when the defense "downs" the ball screen, as well as split the defense when the help defender leaves space on the hard hedge."
Burke had 8 assists against Eastern Michigan on Thursday, and in his last seven games, he's handed out 51 assists against just seven turnovers.
Can he be stopped?
"You must contain Burke in transition with the trail defender," Greenberg wrote. "In the two-guard set, down him on all shake and side ball screens (meaning you should force him away from the screen and toward the baseline).
"Make it hard for him to get the ball back after he gives it up, especially in short-clock situations."
Easier said than done.
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