Guard Burwell commits to USF basketball
Mike Burwell, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard at South Kent Prep in Connecticut, has committed to take a basketball scholarship to USF after making a campus visit this weekend.
"The atmosphere was great, and I felt right at home," said Burwell, who averaged 27 points per game as a high school senior in South Amboy, N.J., last season. "The coaches were great, the players were great, and it seems like I can make a difference there next season."
Burwell is averaging a team-best 19 points per game for South Kent, ranked among the top prep schools in the country. He could play shooting guard or small forward at USF, but said his forte is shooting the ball -- something this year's team has sorely missed, especially since senior Jesus Verdejo has been sidelined with an injured foot.
Burwell, who said he is fully qualified academically, chose the Bulls over Rutgers, South Carolina, TCU, Central Florida, Fordham and San Diego. He is the third big guard in Stan Heath's incoming class, joining Detroit's Jordan Dumars and Shaun Noriega of North Port. Heath is expected to use his remaining two scholarships on frontcourt players.
His commitment is nonbinding until the spring signing period begins in April, but Burwell said he won't be changing his mind: "This is the place for me," he said.
-- Here's the writeup on Burwell's commitment from the Newark Star-Ledger. That story reports that Burwell led all New Jersey high school players in scoring last season, though I've also read that it was the highest scoring average among schools that use Maxpreps.com for their statistics. I'll try to get that firmed up in the next day or two ...