I have to be honest, when I watch them play, the two both seem to be pretty good. One wears #11, the other #10. I sometimes have a difficult time telling them apart. Why is Burks considered so much better than Higgins?
And yes, this means I have been watching basketball - a little. Probably not enough, though, eh?
Burks has much better body control after contact, has the ability to create his own shot and is much better at finishing around the basket. You are getting confused with who is a better college basketball player versus who can be a better pro, remember the NBA is all about isolation and top 10 dunks and not about basketball.
Taller, quicker first step, bigger hands, longer arms, better ups, and the ability to twist his body while seeming to hang in the air.
Basically, it's upside and the ability to do the spectacular.
Cory's a great college player and may find a home in the NBA, but he will never be a star. Alec has the potential to be a Scottie Pippen type player.
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Higgins has the better 15+ ft jumpshot... why Burks needs to stay, to work on it...
Higgins will earn a living playing basketball.
If he gets into the right situation he could be a contributing bench player for a number of years in the NBA. If not he gets to be an upper level player overseas. He has enough of a range of skills that he will get a chance in the league, I would guess that his dad knows enough people to insure that he gets a pretty long look someplace. If it doesn't work out will be in demand in Europe.