HoopsHype Alec Burks rumors

May 20, 2011 Updates

Don't be surprised if Portland, which has the 21st pick, tries to move up, perhaps to land Colorado shooting guard Alec Burks. Milwaukee (10), Charlotte (9) and Houston (14) are also big Burks' fans. Burks, by the way, has the ideal shooting guard size, measuring 6-6 in shoes, 6-5 without. Racine Journal-Times

Bucks general manager John Hammond, coach Scott Skiles and members of the basketball staff are in Chicago to evaluate draft prospects and get to know them better. The Bucks are able to interview as many as 18 players in 30-minute sessions at the Westin Hotel in downtown Chicago. "It was a great meeting for me," Burks said of his interview with the Bucks. "They liked me a lot. I liked their staff a lot. "I liked their system, where they're going and their players." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Carlos Delfino and Corey Maggette both can play shooting guard or small forward. But a team that ranked last in the NBA in field goal percentage and scoring clearly could use an offensive boost. Burks is known as an athletic player who can slash to the rim and get to the foul line, and he said he would be able to handle the ball or play a bit of point guard if necessary. He said he has modeled himself after Detroit Pistons guard Tracy McGrady. "I'm like a young T-Mac when he was in Orlando," Burks said. "He was on TV a lot when I was young. "In his Orlando days he was very versatile. He could shoot, pass, dribble. He did anything his team needed to win." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

May 18, 2011 Updates

Chad Ford: Now hearing Alec Burks also pulling out of predraft drills. Enes Kanter and Kawhi Leonard also considering skipping drills. Twitter

May 13, 2011 Updates
May 4, 2011 Updates

The Camera has learned that Burks has signed with an agent, Andy Miller, which means he is no longer eligible to continue playing collegiately per NCAA rules. Miller also represents former CU star Chauncey Billups, who recently had the $14.2 million option on his contract for the 2011-12 season picked up by the New York Knicks. Boulder DailyCamera.com

May 1, 2011 Updates

Colorado coach Tad Boyle says Burks doesn't shy away from hard work, whether it's in the weight room or the practice floor. "He's got a work ethic," Boyle said. "He wants to be great. He takes on challenges. And he loves challenges." Burks is about to embark on the challenge of his life, but what's comforting to the team that drafts him, says Boyle, is the fact Burks is a proven commodity. "Alex has had proven production at the highest level of college basketball," Boyle said. "And he's got an unbelievable ceiling. He's got potential, and he's got production. If you're looking at the NBA, if you're drafting or looking at a guy, it's always scary when they've haven't produced but have a world of potential. And it's always scary when they've produced, but have they maxed out their potential? "Alec has got those covered. He's produced at a high level and he's got big-time potential." NBA.com

April 21, 2011 Updates

Will he or won't he? Colorado and 6-foot-6 shooting guard Alec Burks have scheduled a media-only news conference for 2 p.m. today in Boulder for the Buffaloes standout to announce whether he will declare for the 2011 NBA draft or return for his junior season. Burks said recently that he will give up his final two years of college eligibility if he receives an indication that he would be one of the first 15 players selected in the draft. NBA analysts and mock drafts project him to be picked earlier than No. 15. "He's not telling us what he's thinking," departing senior guard Levi Knutson said Wednesday. "But he obviously has a lot to think about. There are benefits to both options. I know he has had a lot of fun playing college basketball the last couple of years. That's not an easy thing to give up. He has to do what's best for him and his family." Denver Post

April 20, 2011 Updates

Colorado and shooting guard Alec Burks have scheduled a media-only news conference for 2 p.m. today in Boulder for the Buffaloes standout to announce whether or he will declare for the 2011 NBA draft or return for his junior season. Burks, 6-feet-6, said recently that he will give up his final two years of college eligibility if he receives an indication that he would be one of the first 15 players selected in the draft. NBA analysts and mock drafts project him to be picked earlier than No. 15. Denver Post

"He's not telling us what he's thinking," departing senior guard Levi Knutson said Wednesday. "But he obviously has a lot to think about. There are benefits to both options. I know he has had a lot of fun playing college basketball the last couple of years. That's not an easy thing to give up. He has to do what's best for him and his family." Denver Post

April 19, 2011 Updates

Colorado basketball fans will remain on edge at least until Thursday. Sophomore guard Alec Burks tweeted this morning that he plans to wait until Thursday to announce whether or not he’ll enter the NBA draft. It appears as though Burks hasn’t made up his mind: “still thinkin on it tho,” he wrote, and later added that he just wasn’t ready “to make my decision.” Sunday, Tom Kensler reported that Burks was going to announce either Wednesday or Thursday. Denver Post

April 17, 2011 Updates

The countdown clock is ticking so loudly it's a wonder Burks can sleep at night. Next Sunday is the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NBA draft. Burks said he plans to make a decision by Wednesday or Thursday. "It's a big decision," Burks said. "I love college. I love being out there with the guys. You only get one chance at college. But the NBA would be fulfilling a dream. It would be a great feeling to play against the best every night." Denver Post

"What I can say," Boyle said, "is the NBA guys love Alec's athleticism. They love the fact that he can get to the basket virtually anytime he wants to. The thing about Alec is, he has a great combination of proven production at the top level of college basketball, averaging 20 points per game in the Big 12, one of the top leagues in America. "But he's got big-time potential as well. His ceiling is very high. He's going to be a much better player two or three years from now than he is today. He's a better player now than he was 12 months ago. So he's got production and potential. Some guys are production at this level but no potential. Some guys are all potential and no production. Alec has the combination of both. That makes him pretty special." Denver Post

NBA players, including new draftees, are not paid during a lockout. Burks said he is aware that, if he turns pro and hires an agent, his agent could borrow a large sum of money for him through a line of credit with a financial institution, based on Burks' future income potential. "The (potential of a) lockout doesn't affect me at all," Burks said. "It might affect somebody else's decision, but it's not going to affect mine. I feel like the dream is to play in the NBA. I love this game so much. I have the time to succeed. Money will come regardless." Denver Post

April 14, 2011 Updates
April 11, 2011 Updates

If you're looking for greatness at shooting guard in this year's Draft, you'll probably be disappointed. "I don't envy you," a Southwest Division executive said Sunday night, knowing that today was the day that we here at NBA.com put our shooting guard Big Board out. The pickings are ... well, slim is the wrong word. There are plenty of twos with the potential to become contributors in the league. But there are few that are special, who project as first-rounders or potential stars. Colorado's sophomore Alec Burks is the consensus top pick among the twos, and Washington State junior Klay Thompson is most team's second choice, despite his one-game suspension last month following his arrest on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. After that, there is potential, guessing and uncertainty. NBA.com

The irony about Burks is that the 19-year-old is not a great shooter. But his upside is the best by far among those expected to play the two spot, even though he won't likely score in the traditional NBA manner by coming off of screens and pindowns. His style has at least one player personnel director thinking of veteran Larry Hughes -- "he's so much like Larry, it isn't funny," said the personnel man. Hughes was taken eighth overall in the 1998 Draft after one season at St. Louis, and that could well be the range in which Burks goes after leading the Buffaloes to the NIT semifinals. "I've become a convert," said a Northwest Division scout of Burks. "I saw them play Texas at home. He was (terrible) in the first half. Second half, they couldn't guard him. Then I saw him twice in the Big 12 (tournament) and he was really good. He can't shoot, but he can score. He's something like a 28 percent (actually, 29.2) three-point shooter. But he gets to the line a lot. He can really rebound. I saw him get 16 rebounds. And they're not like those rebounds that fall to the floor. He goes and gets them." NBA.com

But Burks does need to work on some things, and not just his shooting. He has to stop ignoring the defensive end of the floor. "There's no pride in doing it yet," says a Northwest Division executive. "He has no interest," the first Northwest scout said of Burks. "He won't go under, through, or behind (screens). He's got some issues. But we draft on talent, and he's very talented. He'll have the ball and he'll break you down. In space, he's (tough) ... great upside if he's willing to work. Something tells me (the work ethic) is not off the charts because he hasn't worked on his body at all. But the holes in his game are fixable." NBA.com

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