Nebraska basketball will have an alum go to the pros.
At least one former Nebraska basketball player will take part in the 2020 NBA Draft. Guard Dachon Burke Jr. will not go to South Alabama, and has instead decided to turn pro.
This news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
This is a bit of a surprise move to me. I figured that he would want to have the opportunity to play for South Alabama. He averaged 12.2 points for Nebraska last season, and showed signs of explosiveness. Especially when he was heading to the basket, he was extremely difficult to stop. He was able to draw contact and get to the free-throw line as well. His quickness and soft touch around the rim were certainly hallmarks of his game.
The fact that he can shoot and drive to the basket with ease makes me believe that he can be a good NBA player. I just don’t think he was ready to go pro yet . Nevertheless, if he views this as a prime opportunity to be able to get some money, I don’t blame him for taking it at all.
If anything, this could look good for the Nebraska basketball program. If Burke gets drafted, that could certainly be a notch in the belt of the program. As Nebraska basketball continues to build their program, having at least a couple of players in recent years take their talents to the NBA is good. That will certainly work in their favor when it comes to recruiting.
Especially in the Big Ten Conference, where Nebraska basketball has to compete with so many teams for recruits, they can point to recent alumni going to the NBA.
It’s a shame that Burke did not stay in Lincoln longer. I certainly enjoyed watching him play. His off-the-court issues could be a bit much at times, but he was a lot of fun to watch. Now, Nebraska basketball will look to find some additional gems as they remake their roster once again. I trust what the coaching staff is doing, and I fully believe that they have a plan to be successful.
How that plan will unfold is anybody’s guess. However, they want to play up-tempo and catch other teams off guard. Burke was certainly a big part of that. I’ll be interested to see how his play style stacks up with the rest of the NBA. Although his departure from Nebraska was unexpected, I certainly wish him the best.