Alec Burks Drops 31 Points In First Summer League Game

Mar 09, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talks with guard Alec Burks (10) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Jazz 104-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Former Colorado Buffalo Alec Burks wasted no time in declaring his readiness for his second year in the NBA by dropping 31 points against the Philadelphia 76ers in Orlando Pro Summer League action Tuesday night. His game leading scoring led the Jazz to a 84-80 victory.

Star player: Burks, a second-year guard out of Colorado, attacked Philadelphia relentlessly off the dribble and scored at the rim with ease, shooting 10-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line. He's athletic and has a better handle than his reputation might suggest. Whether his aggressive mentality will continue to work in the NBA, with its more imposing defenders, remains to be seen.

While summer league competition is obviously no where near a NBA regular season game, it's certainly nice to see Burks coming out on fire. He continued his dominance over Jacob Pullen-led teams (the Buffs took down K-State three teams in Burks final year) and made a statement that Jazz fans should expect an increased role in year two.

Always great to see former Buffs do well in the NBA, especially as the program continues to improve. Burks averaged 7.2 points and 16 minutes in 59 games in his rookie season.

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