I am not right about this kind of stuff often. So, naturally, I feel the need to not-so-humblebrag about this instance where I ended up being somewhat right. I have been waiting to post this until I knew Trey was a "sure thing," which his impressive passing, play-making, and offense commanding skills have assured he is.
Prior to this Fan Post, the consensus from blog writers, fans, and journalists alike was that, if possible, we should draft MCW or CJ Mccollum. Obviously, the fans desire for MCW wasn't unfounded, as he is (imo) head and shoulders above Trey for ROY right now (tho I do believe MCW's stats are substantially overinflated due to the league leading pace Philly employs), and a near lock to be a part to the next wave of stars in the league .
I was certain, at the time, that I was one of the first, if not THE first, person/people to suggest we target Trey Burke with our likely lotto pick. A quick search of "Trey Burke" on SLCDunk agrees. Searching "Trey Burke" on SLCD brings up 365 results, listed chronologically, my post was no. 353. Only 2 of the 12 posts prior mention Trey Burke at all as a potential target (the rest seem to be erroneously included due to mentions of Alexi Borkeques), and even then, both of the 2 other posts maintain MCW and McCollum as the primary targets. (with Burke 3rd-5th)
Anyways....I've posted several meaningless, and random, fan posts throughout the years here at SLCD, but this one is special, as it reminds me of the exact moment I fell in love with Trey Burke. I had watched him several times prior, and coupling the "eye test" with what I felt were outstanding stats (considering he played in, far and away, the best CBB conf in the NCAA that year). His assist rate and A:TO were particularly impressive. MCW had the physical tools (size, length) but from that January day forward, I knew Trey was guy I wanted
Now, I'm not saying I was right in TB > MCW. That remains to be seen (MCW is definitely the safest bet to become a star from this draft ATM. So I could yet be wrong about that). But what I was right about, and what I was convinced of the day I wrote that fan post, is that Trey is going to be AT THE VERY LEAST, a good to great PG in the NBA. He isn't blessed with elite size (quite the opposite, actually) or speed, but regardless, the kid gets it done. His floor vision that rivals the best of em. Possesses leadership qualities/attitude that carried an under talented Michigan team to the NCAA championship.Trey WILL succeed, despite his physical limitations. Yeah he might struggle at times with getting his shot off in the lane and around the rim, sure he will never be an elite ISO player due to his lack of quickness, but hey, it never stopped John, and I believe Trey possesses the same traits that allowed John to be successful (elite IQ, leadership, complete command and control of the offense etc)