The Kings on Friday held their first 2013 individual pre-Draft workout at the team’s practice facility, featuring guard Trey Burke.
On Friday, Head Coach Michael Malone and the Kings hosted their second pre-Draft workout of the summer at the team’s practice facility. The individual session featured Trey Burke, who pundits rank among the top point guard prospects in the 2013 Draft.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore notched career-highs in 2012-13 by averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in PER (28.7) and connecting on 38.4 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Emerging into a terrific playmaker while guiding the top-ranked offense in the nation, the Michigan product set a single-season school record for assists (260).
The Consensus National Player of the Year and All-America First Team selection thrived in the NCAA Tournament, finishing with 23 points, 10 assists and a game-tying triple in U of M’s Sweet 16 victory over Kansas. In the Final Four, the 20-year-old helped lead the Wolverines to the national title game, pouring in a game-high 24 points against Louisville.
Following Friday’s workout, Kings.com caught up with Burke to gain insight into the on-court drill and more.
How was today’s workout?
“It’s always tough going by yourself, but Coach pushed me and it was a great workout.”
Was Coach Malone doing a lot of instructing during the workout?
“Yes, he was encouraging me out there. At some of the other places, they put you through workouts and they just want to see how you respond, but Coach was encouraging me, telling me to keep making shots. It’s always good when you have a head coach out there telling you to get your shot up (and) get more arch on your shot.”
What kind of feedback did you get from Coach Malone?
“He said I did great. He said, ‘With you being out here by yourself, it’s tough to just continue to push through, but (you) continued to knock down shots and stayed with it.’ They’ll be in touch.”
Was this your first individual workout?
“No, this is my third, actually, and New Orleans is next. It’s a long process – it’s a grind-type of process – but I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible.”
How would you describe your ideal situation in the NBA?
“Somewhere where you have guys with a winning mentality. Somewhere I can go and make an impact right away, (whether) that’s a starting position or learning from a guy who’s already there and just trying to play my way into that starting role eventually.”
What did you gain from coming back for your sophomore season at Michigan?
“Leadership, for one, as well as maturity – not only physically, but mentally. It’s always good to get another year of college under your belt. I do plan on going back to get my degree, so I have another year of my education out the way. There’s a lot that goes into it – growing as a person, growing in your game on the court, watching a lot of film, just continuing to improve.”
How do you see your skill set translating to the NBA?
“I think it translates pretty well. It’s going to be a process, absolutely – it’s not going to be easy. I think my playmaking ability, ability to score and ability to make my teammates better will definitely translate very well. I think what I have to work on is just continuing to get better on the defensive end. I think I’m a good defender … but I have to keep getting better on that side of the floor.”
Are there any current or former NBA players with whom you model your game?
“My favorite player growing up was Allen Iverson – I loved his game. Right now, I would say, Chris Paul and Tony Parker – two guys who are small point guards who I try to watch a lot, just to see how they use the pick-and-roll (and choose) their spots.”
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