Sunday, January 9, 2011

Burks Blossoming into Elite Player

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
Alec Burks hasn't had a problem proving doubters wrong. After only receiving six scholarship offers, most of which that came very late, Burks has taken advantage of his time at Colorado University.

After his first season at Colorado, Burks was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, winning the honor over soon-lottery pick Xavier Henry, after scoring 17.1 points, and grabbing five rebounds per game.

This season, Burks has emerged as one of the best shooting guards in the country.

Burks has certainly grew as a player after his first season. He makes better decisions, and is still as efficient as ever.

Standing at 6-foot-6, Burks is very quick off his feet, explosive, and has a NBA-ready jumper.

He has the ability to take the opposition off the dribble, step back and finish around the rim.

Burks ability to rebound the ball adds another dimension to his already polished game but his bright spot comes on the defensive end. He hasn't utilized his long frame on the defensive end, and could become a great defender with help.

Burks takes an average of 13 shots per game, and nails an outstanding (51%) of his shots. His proficient offense helps him score 20.1 a game, that includes his recent 36-point scoring outrage against the Missouri Tigers.

This season, compared to last, Burks has come out very aggressively attacking the opposition with his unique scoring ability.

"I try to start out every game aggressive," said Burks following his 36-point performance against Missouri. "Every time I step on the court, I want to be aggressive. It wasn't anything new. It's the same game every game."

He has improved his free-throw percentage shooting (82%) from the charity stripe, while nailing (35%) of his three balls.

"The thing I like about Alec [Burks] and probably the most proud of Alec, given our preseason, he is so talented offensively." said coach Tad Boyle. "He feels like he can make a play every time he has the ball."

His performances this season, and last, has many scouts labeling Burks as a definite lottery pick. He has the physical tools to excel at the next level, and the ceiling is sky high for the 6-foot-6 sophomore.

"I thought he [Alec Burks] played well," said Missouri's coach Mike Anderson. "He's a good player, looked like he was an all-league performer today."

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