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Trey Burke is projected as going fifth overall in the most recent mock drafts of Jonathan Givony and Chad Ford.
Burke is widely considered the top point guard in the draft class, ahead of C.J. McCollum, Michael Carter-Williams and Dennis Schroeder.
"I think Trey Burke is still rising," wrote Ford. "Could go as high as the No. 1 pick. Lots of scenarios where he is No. 2 or No. 3 off the board. PGs are always coveted and Burke's spectacular season continues to intrigue people."
Nerlens Noel is generally considered the favorite to be the top pick in the draft.
The 2013 NBA Draft has 77 early entry candidates, with 46 players from United States' colleges and 31 internatinoal players.
Players have the right to withdraw no later than June 17 ahead of the June 27 draft in Brooklyn.
College Players Steven Adams, Pitt C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's Anthony Bennett, UNLV Vander Blue, Marquette, Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Trey Burke, Michigan Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman Allen Crabbe, Cal Deweyne Dedmon, USC Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Grant Jerrett, Arizona Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State Myck Kabongo, Texas Shane Larkin, Miami Ricky Ledo, Providence Alex Len, Maryland C.J. Leslie, N.C. State Nurideen Lindsey, Rider Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma Ray McCallum, Detroit Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Norvel Pelle, Los Angeles College Prep Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown Marshawn Powell, Arkansas Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Robertson, Colorado Joshua Simmons, Spartanburg Methodist (JC) Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro Tony Snell, New Mexico Tahj Tate, Delaware State John Taylor, Fresno Pacific Adonis Thompson, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State B.J. Young, Arkansas Cody Zeller, Indiana
International Players Alejandro Abrines, Barcelona Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan Nemanja Besovic, Partizan Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan Matias Bortolin, Arkadia, Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna Rudy Gobert, Cholet Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL Sergey Karasev, Triumph Louis Laveyrie, Paris-Levallois Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo Artem Pustovyi, Khimik Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich Marko Ramljak, Zadar Dario Saric, Cibona Dennis Schroder, New York Phantoms Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm Janis Timma, Ventspils Marko Todorovic, Barcelona Axel Toupane, Strasbourg Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo
Trey Burke hopes to make his decision Sunday about whether to enter the NBA draft.
“I think that will be the day that I decide,” said Burke, who is currently in Los Angeles to receive the John Wooden Award. “I think it’s time to make a decision so I can move forward and kind of get the (national title loss) in the past so I can move forward.”
Burke has been listed as a lottery pick most mock drafts.
"I've been hearing different things, top 10 pick, mid first-round, things like that," Burke said. "I really won't know until the draft, really, there's a lot that goes into this process. That's why I feel like I need to take my time.
"A decision like this, you don't want to make too quick of a decision. You want to make the right one and do what's best for you and your future."
John Beilen said that Trey Burke, Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III are currently being reviewed by the NBA draft advisory board.
“We were very proactive and met with them that next morning (after the NCAA title game loss in Atlanta) before we got on the plane to come back,” Beilein said. “I advised them all they should all go the NBA advisory committee and see what they think, so that’s the process right now.”
Beilein said there has been no feedback yet, and it will be confidential when it does come back -- but that will play a large role in the decision-making.
“Let’s find out from the real guys that know it,” Beilein said. “They have been so accurate in the past few years as to what their advice was to our players and many players, so I do trust it.”
John Beilein sees similarities in the floor game and leadership capabilities of Trey Burke and Chris Paul.
"It’s probably unfair to compare anyone to (Paul)," Beilein said. "... But there are certainly many similarities. They can hit the in-between jump shot, he has a great pace to game. Paul has worked so hard at his game and he’s elevated it like the way we hope Trey can one day. This young man’s got a fire in his belly to be the best player he can be and make his team win.
"I have a sense that if you check Chris Paul, he’s probably got that same fire."
Burke studies top point guards like Paul, Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker.
"When you watch those guys, they’re more than just great point guards out there on the court," Burke said. "They’re actual leaders and the coach on the court. You want to model yourself after guys like that because you have your teammates’ respect.
"Instead of criticizing them in negative ways, you can go up to them and tell them what you see or tell them what you feel like you need to do so it can be done."
Mike Hopkins of Syracuse, Dwayne Stephens of Michigan State, Russell Springmann of Texas, LaVall Jordan of Michigan and Stan Jones of Florida State are five of the best underrated recruiters in college basketball.