Power Forward Impressive at Auburn Camp

A young basketball prospect from Montgomery is already receiving recruiting attention from major colleges.

Montgomery, Ala.--A growth spurt has prompted three-sport athlete Tommy Burton to concentrate on basketball.

A 16-year-old, who will be a sophomore this coming season at St. Jude High, he has been a standout in football and baseball at his school in addition to hoops.

"Actually when I was going into the sixth grade the doctor told me that I was going to be six feet tall when I was 18 years old," he says, noting that he was measured at 6-8, 193 pounds at a recent basketball event.

"I believe I am still growing," he adds. "This year I am planning on just sticking with basketball."

Burton was one of the standout performers at Auburn's one-day basketball prospects camp. He was particularly good at cutting off passing lanes and making steals. He also showed scoring and rebounding ability at the event held at the Auburn Arena.

"It was a good camp," he says. "I was expecting there to be good competition and there was. I enjoyed being out there and competing."

Burton notes he was all-metro in baseball and football this past season, but his early college attention is coming in basketball. "I have an offer from UAB," he says. ""I went to a camp at the University of Alabama. They didn't offer me, but they told me they are going to be recruiting me."

He has also got the attention of Auburn coach Tony Barbee and his assistants after matching up well vs. a variety of different college prospects. "The Auburn camp went real well for me," he says.

Burton, who notes he is having success academically at St. Jude, says power forward is his main position in basketball, but during the summer he is training at another spot. "I have been working with coaches on my dribbling and they have been putting me in point guard situations so I will get better at handling the ball," he points out.


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