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Joe Burrow claims he can play in the NBA today

Joe Burrow is a tremendous athlete. There’s no doubt about that. There’s a reason that the Heisman Trophy winner will likely be going first overall to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL draft.

With that being said, maybe Burrow is a bit too confident in his athletic skills.

In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, the LSU quarterback claimed that, with a month’s practice, he could score 12 to 15 points in an NBA game.

To be fair, Burrow was a two-sport athlete at Athens High School in his home state of Ohio. During his senior year, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged an impressive 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game and was rated as the 82nd best prospect in the state of Ohio by MaxPreps.

While Burrow is confident in his ability to stand in the corner and hit a couple threes, the highly rated NFL prospect admits that he wouldn’t be able to guard any guy on defense and that he would likely foul out quickly.

Burrow would go on to compare his game to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova — a scrappy guard known for his hustle and not so much his scoring ability.

While Joe Burrow’s statement is purely hypothetical, there have actually been a few athletes to play both basketball and football at a high level. 1993 Heisman winner Charlie Ward played over a decade in the NBA and legendary NFL tight end Antonio Gates averaged 20.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists for a Kent State team that made the Elite Eight in 2003 and never even played football in college.