CBS: Michigan has most future NBA talent in NCAA tournament

Dylan Burkhardt

Jeff Goodman lists the NCAA tournament teams with the most NBA talent, starting with Michigan

1) Michigan — It’s odd to list a John Beilein team first in terms of NBA talent, since that hasn’t exactly been his reputation throughout the years. However, the Wolverines — placed close to home in Auburn Hills in the bracket — have a handful of guys who have caught the attention of NBA folks.

Trey Burke (G, 6-0, 190): The sophomore is a National Player of the Year candidate and also could be the first point guard taken in the June draft. He can shoot it, distribute, and will be ideal at the next level in pick-and-roll situations. Most NBA executives have him going somewhere among the lottery selections.

Glenn Robinson II (F, 6-6, 210): The Big Dog’s son still needs another year in college, but he’s intriguing. He’s long and athletic and has shown spurts in which he’s looked phenomenal. He still needs to shoot it more consistently from the perimeter and also play hard all the time, but he’d likely be a first-rounder if he left after this season.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (G, 6-6, 205): Another ex-NBA player’s kid, Hardaway Jr. has improved his decision-making. He has nice length for a wing player, but still needs to improve his ability to put the ball on the floor. Likely pegged somewhere in the second round.

Stauskas and McGary also earn mentions.

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  • Chris

    I can understand why we would be listed favorably on a list like this. All 5 of those listed should make the NBA in due time. I look forward to seeing/following them and future Wolverines in the NBA as well! How that future NBA talent translates to helping us win our games is the more prevalent discussion.

  • ZRL

    The author seems to be more optimistic about Michigan’s players than most. He has Trey Burke 6th(!) in his latest mock draft.

  • Quick Darshan

    I’m not sure about Stuaskas as a pro prospect. He’ll have to improve his lateral quickness to at least a Kyle Korver/Jason Kapono level to stick on a roster.

    Jon Horford, on the other hand, I could see getting drafted in the second round after he completes his UM career. A big man with a long wingspan and good mobility always has a shot to get drafted.

  • Chad Ford noting who’s in, who’s out:

    Burke, Hardaway with one foot in the door. Glenn Robinson III 50-50.

    • UM Hoops Fan

      Is one foot in the door different than 50-50? I just hope GRIII stays. Not that I don’t want Timmy back, but it’d be fun to see GRIII get closer to his potential while still in maize and blue. I also think the team has more options at the 2-3 than the 4 next year.

      • Yes. He has players that have already entered, then one foot in the door, then 50-50.

        • UM Hoops Fan

          Great, thanks for the info.

    • David

      Don’t know where Chad Ford is getting that info, but after reading the terrific Daily profile of Benji Burke, I see no chance Trey will be back. Not sure what else he has to prove, anyway.