Burks Selected 12th In NBA Draft By Utah Jazz
NEWARK, N.J. - University of Colorado guard Alec Burks became the Buffaloes second-ever lottery pick as the Utah Jazz selected Burks as the 12th player chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday night here at the Prudential Center.
Since the lottery first began in 1985, Burks joins former CU standout Chauncey Billups (1995-97) as the school's only two lottery picks. Billups was also a sophomore when he declared for the NBA Draft and was the No. 3 overall selection by Boston in 1997.
Burks is the third CU men's basketball player to be selected in the NBA Draft since 2000 joining David Harrison (No. 29 overall, 2004) and Jaquay Walls (No. 56, 2000). Both Harrison and Walls were chosen by Indiana.
Burks is the most decorated men's basketball player coming out of Boulder since Billups. Burks, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, dominated the CU record book this past season scoring a single-season best 779 points. In addition, he helped first-year head coach Tad Boyle win a school-best 24 games en route to an NIT semifinal appearance at Madison Square Garden.
The 6-5, 200-pound guard also established school marks in free throws made (249) and attempts (302) during the 2010-11 season. The Grandview, Mo. native, became the first CU player in history to score over 770 points along with 240 rebounds, 100 assists in the same season. His 20.5 points per game average during his sophomore campaign ranks ninth all-time and he also became the school's first 20-point average scorer since 1993-94.
Burks led CU in assists (112, 2.9 apg.) and was second in rebounding (6.5 rpg.). He led the team in scoring 26 times and recorded 24 games over the 20-point plateau, in addition to a pair of 30 or more scoring games.
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