Trey Burke and the Michigan Wolverines will ride a ton of momentum going into the NCAA Final Four as Burke continues to improve his NBA draft stock. While he wasn't efficient in the Wolverines' dominant victory over the Florida Gators, his team has reached the Final Four, and winning basketball games deep in the tournament stands as a plus for the point guard.
The opportunity to dazzle on college basketball's biggest stage in the Final Four gives Burke more breathing room to expand on his draft stock, which can only go up from here.
Burke put on the heroics during the Wolverines victory to propel them to the Elite Eight which will serve as the biggest catapult for his draft stock thus far through the tournament, but against the Gators he showed an important piece of his game as a point guard -- the ability to break his defender down and penetrate into the paint.
Not only did Burke get to the paint, he made plays for his teammates on his way to seven assists. While his size will be of concern at the NBA level, at 6'0 he still grabbed eight rebounds in the game. He was inefficient from the field, going 5-of-16 and making only one of his five three-point field goal attempts.
It's clear that Burke is one of the most talented prospects at the point guard position. He ranks behind only Marcus Smart in DraftExpress' NBA mock draft at the position. Perhaps the most compelling question regarding his future has less to do with his talent and more to do with whether he will enter the 2013 NBA draft. Burke has indicated that he is more likely to enter the NBA draft should Michigan win a national title, though has not committed one way or the other yet.
With Michigan reaching the Final Four and needing to win only two more basketball games to make that a reality, each game that Burke puts under his belt helps him grow into being draft-ready, though his talent has already made that statement for him at this point.