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June 7, 2013
Trey Burke, top point guard in draft, works out for Kings

The Kings hosted Michigan point guard Trey Burke for an individual pre-draft workout Friday.

Burke (6-1, 187) is considered the top point guard by most draft pundits and the highest rated player the Kings have hosted in two pre-draft workout sessions.

BURKE.jpegBurke (pictured) said the information he has is that he could be drafted as high second and as low as seventh, where the Kings pick in the first round.

Burke said the workout with coach Michael Malone was productive.

"He was encouraging me out there. Some of the other places they put you through workouts and they just want to see how you respond. But Coach was encouraging me, telling me to keep making shots."

Burke was the consensus Player of the Year and a consensus All-American as a sophomore for the Wolverines.

He led Michigan to the NCAA Championship game, averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals.

Burke is known for his ability to distribute, ball handling and ability to get into the paint. He's also said to be a good shooter (46.3 percent from the field, 38.4 percent on three pointers).

The Kings have been looking to upgrade at point guard for some time. They thought they found their answer in 2009 with Tyreke Evans, who went on to win Rookie of the Year.

But Evans was moved to shooting guard, because the team sought better decision making from the point.

The Kings drafted two point guards in 2011, Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas. Fredette hasn't developed at the rate the team had hoped while Thomas has emerged as a starter.

The Kings passed on the top point guard in last year's draft, Damian Lillard, to select Thomas Robinson.

Lillard won Rookie of the Year with Portland.

Burke also cleared up a minor controversy among Kings fans about an emoticon he posted on his Instagram account Thursday.

It appears to be a sad face, but Burke said it was meant to convey he was tired, not displeasure about Sacramento.



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