Thursday, April 5, 2012

Will Michigan Replace Trey Burke Today?

The speculation about Trey Burke leaving for the NBA Draft continues to come in on an almost daily basis now. One minute he's gone and the next minute he's staying, but one things for certain; Michigan has some big holes at point guard that they need to address.  They've been recruiting several point guards in the last few weeks and appear to have cornered on a few solid prospects.

The big thing to note is that there is really nobody left in the 2012 recruiting class that has much of a chance of equaling Burke's production this season.  Yes, there are a few that may turn out to be better than expected and could develop into a player as good as or better than Burke, but they probably aren't going to come in and repeat Burke's accomplishments last season.  What Burke did last season was simply astounding and it's not something that's going to be replicated on a regular basis.

Having said that, there's no reason why someone can't come in and at least minimize the loss of Burke.  Yes, Michigan would probably move backward if Burke left for the NBA, but look at the incoming recruits.  They are outstanding.  Every position on the court should be taking an upgrade except point guard.  Now, I'm a huge believer in the point guard's importance to a basketball team, but people need to remember that Michigan is bringing in some great guys for next season.  If they can have a functional point guard, this team could be pretty solid.

There have been a few candidates that appear to have caught Beilein's eye, but it looks like Spike Albrecht is the most likely candidate to commit.  He will be visiting campus today and I think a commitment will be soon in order.  Maybe not today, but I think there's a strong likelihood Michigan will land him in the next few days to week.  This will mean that there will be at least one incoming point guard that can potentially fill the gap left by Burke.  I don't think anybody is predicting his production will be even close to Burke's from last season, but it's still something to be excited about.

Albrecht has played in many high-profile games and tournaments including games with Michigan commits Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.  He is 6'1" and weights 180 lbs.  He is also noted as having an extremely high assist to turnover ratio, which Burke struggled with at times this year.  He may not be the 5* recruit that sends fans in a frenzy, but I think he's a guy that could have an impact, especially on a team without a definitive point guard, but has a great surrounding cast.

As I said, keep an eye.  Michigan may have some bright news among the horror that has become the Trey Burke Draft evaluation.

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