Meridian Star

June 14, 2013

Pelicans workout two point guards

The Associated Press
The Meridian Star

WESTWEGO, La —  New Orleans got a closer look at two of the NBA draft's top point guard prospects Friday.

    The Pelicans, who have the sixth selection in the June 27 draft, worked out Michigan's Trey Burke and Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams. Maryland center Alex Len, who is coming off surgery last month for a stress fracture to his left ankle, was also in town but did not work out.

    Burke, the AP player of the year in 2013, averaged 18.5 points and 6.7 assists per game in leading the Wolverines to the national championship game, where they lost to Louisville.

    "With the young team that the Pelicans have, I feel I can make an impact right away and help this team win," said Burke, whose size and style have drawn comparisons to another point guard drafted by New Orleans, Chris Paul.

    "I'm obviously not at (Paul's) level yet," Burke said. "That's been a guy I've looked up to. I definitely think it's a great comparison. I've got a lot of work to do to get to his level."

    Pelicans head coach Monty Williams noticed some changes in Burke since the April 8 title game.

    "He's put on some muscle," Williams said. "He looks a little bit different than he did in the championship game.

    "I've watched him on film. He's been able to be pretty productive. He was the player of the year in college, so he's doing something right."

    Carter-Williams, at 6-foot-6, stands six inches taller than Burke. He averaged 11.8 points, 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game last season for the Orange, whose season ended in the Final Four with a loss to Burke's Michigan team.

    "I think they've got a great young team," Carter-Williams said of the Pelicans. "They have three guards already here, but I can come in and help them win and excel as a team."

    Both Burke and Carter-Williams have worked out for the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, the teams who pick immediately before and after New Orleans in the first round.