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The Detroit Sports Site:
Trey Burke was on the board for the Detroit Pistons at No. 8 overall. So were Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams and Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum. But the Pistons passed on all of those players in favor of sharpshooting Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, in a move that’s sure to leave Pistons (and Michigan basketball fans) talking for years.
That decision became even more curious just moments later, when Minnesota took Burke at No. 9 and promptly flipped him to Utah for a pair of first-round picks (14 and 21).
Caldwell-Pope, 6-foot-5 and 205, averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season for the Bulldogs, while shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. He has exceptional range, which is something the Pistons have been coveting.
Still, the universe seemed to be aligning a Burke-to-Detroit moment with a flurry of unexpected choices early in the draft, including Anthony Bennett being taken No. 1 overall. Bennett had been mocked to the Pistons by a large number of experts in the days leading up to the 2013 draft.
Detroit, too, was believed to be in the market for a pure point guard so Brandon Knight could stay at shooting guard. Instead, Caldwell-Pope’s arrival all but guarantees that Knight will be back at the point guard spot to open next season, with Rodney Stuckey likely suiting up for another team.
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Michigan Basketball point guard and the national player of the year, Trey Burke, was selected #9 in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Burke is the first Michigan Wolverine to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft since 2000 (Jamal Crawford).
Trey Burke had an illustrious two seasons at Michigan as he piloted the Wolverines to...
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Trey Burke with the ninth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
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Burke, the consensus college player of the year, averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while leading Michigan to the National Championship game.
The 6-foot-1 point guard was projected as high as No. 2 overall in the draft at one point but most pundits expected...
Trey Burke was the best college basketball player in the country this season. Pretty much everyone agreed. The grade that he’s concerned about – where he lands in the NBA Draft – will come Thursday night but the 6-foot Columbus native cemented his legacy as one of the best players to ever play for Michigan.
Burke’s talent was obvious as a freshman but his sophomore season...
The national player of the year is coming to Utah.
The Jazz obtained Trey Burke in a draft night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected the Michigan point guard with the ninth pick in exchange for Utah's two first-rounders.
Burke is a pure pick-and-roll player who was the consensus national player of the year as a sophomore after leading the Wolverines to the national...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Trey Burke to Utah for the 14th and 21st overall picks in the first round of the NBA draft.
The Timberwolves chose the Michigan point guard at No. 9 on Thursday night after their top shooting guard targets -- Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore and Kentavious Caldwell...
AUBURN HILLS -- The Pistons decided to pass on the player the fans wanted.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the pressure is on.
After one of the most chaotic starts in NBA draft history -- Cody Zeller at No. 4 -- the Pistons passed on Trey Burke to pick the Georgia shooting guard.
Caldwell-Pope gives the Pistons the 3-point shooter they need and keeps their first-round pick from a year...
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the No. 14 and No. 21 in Thursday’s NBA draft.
The Timberwolves originally selected the Michigan point guard with their 9th pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Shortly after being selected with the ninth pick overall in Thursdays NBA Draft, former Michigan point guard Trey Burke said during a television interview, Im happy to be a Timberwolf.
He didnt enjoy it for very long.
Minutes later, news leaked out that Burke was getting traded from Minnesota to Utah for the 14th (UCLAs Shabazz Muhammad) and 21st (Louisvilles Gorgui Dieng) picks...
Hearing the name Kentavious Caldwell-Pope always reminds me of this Key&Peele comedy sketch
But really goofy names aside, Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft tonight in Brooklyn.
Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall pick. He’s the seventh UGA player to be taken in the first round, the fourth Bulldog...
A pair of Ohio natives heard their names called consecutively in the top 10 of the NBA Draft Thursday night, and both Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum are headed west to begin their professional careers.
The wait was longer for a trio of players who played college basketball in Ohio but grew up elsewhere. Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas went at No. 58 to the San Antonio Spurs, while...
Somewhat surprisingly, Peyton Siva was Detroit’s pick for point guard in the second round. (Tricia Stern, Flickr)
Thursday night in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons turned a few heads by picking wild card shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall selection, especially considering several point guards were still on the board. In the second round, however...
Trey Burke went 9th in the NBA Draft and Tim Hardaway Jr. 24th, the first time two Wolverines have gone in the first round since 2004.
Last night, Michael Carter-Williams was drafted 11th overall by the 76ers. And that’s good for business in Orange Land. While many of us may have our doubts about what type of pro he may end up being (poor shooting, lack of offensive polish, streaky), every Syracuse fan should applaud that MCW was taken where he was taken. Because the Orange is on a roll.
The 2013 NBA Draft is now in the rear view mirror and by the sound of Piston nation a lot of fans aren’t too happy with the direction Joe D chose to this year. Dumars’ three picks of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva as a collective unit didn’t make people feel any better about the overall direction of the team and only reinforced the thoughts of many...