Pass on Trey Burke at your own risk

Updated: April 18, 2013, 2:05 PM ET
By David Thorpe

Years ago, the top golf instructor in the country was Harvey Penick, a country club pro for 50 years and also the longtime head golf coach at the University of Texas. He authored "The Little Red Book," which is the best-selling golf book of all time.

In the book, he wrote about one of his players who walked into his pro shop one day and explained to Penick that he had just made the finals of a tournament in Texas. The player said his opponent in the championship round had a bad grip and a bad swing, so a win was assured. The next day Penick's player dragged into the shop, clearly having lost the tournament.

Penick taught him an important lesson: In a golf-crazy state like Texas, if a player can make the finals of a big tournament with a bad grip and swing, it means he has figured out how to score and thus should be respected.

Likewise, Michigan guard Trey Burke might not have the prototypical physical attributes of an NBA superstar, but if the team that lands the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft does not have its long-term point guard already in place, it should select Burke without hesitation.