Top Indiana Player Makes Decision

Stanley Burrell, a top-ranked player from Indiana's Class of 2003, reached a decision this week. He visited an Atlantic 10 campus and made his pick.

Stanley Burrell, a combination guard out of Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis, committed to Xavier on Tuesday.

"The main thing for me was the coaching staff and I clicked with the players," Burrell said. "I got to meet them and we played in open gym and I clicked with them. It's a beautiful campus."

Burrell, a qualifier coming out of high school, won't be matriculating to Xavier next season. In fact, as they say around the Xavier program, he's "pulling a David West" and is heading to prep school for a year; the same prep school West attended. Burrell will enroll at Xavier in the fall of 2004.

"It's mainly for scholarship reasons, plus they put out a lot of good players going to prep school. David West came to Hargrave. It'll be a good thing for me too." The Musketeers are out of scholarships for this season, but Burrell wasn't deterred and saw the benefit of going the prep school route first.

"I talked to David West and he sat down with me and talked about it. He told me how it really improved his game and got him ready for Xavier. He said it made him grow and develop more as a man. He felt it was a good decision for him and he wouldn't change it for anything."

Burrell made an official visit to Western Kentucky last weekend and had the Hilltoppers, along with Wisconsin-Milwaukee, listed among his final three choices.

The Musketeers had a unique tie-in with Burrell. Assistant coach John Groce's brother, Travis Steele, was an assistant for Ben Davis this past season and Burrell formed a bond with the brothers. Burrell was particularly impressed with Steele in the fact that he the coach was always an encouraging and motivating force for him even when he was struggling to put his game together.

The Star West Player of the Year averaged 22 points a game last season and was an Indiana All-Star. He played with the Spiece Top Prospects on the AAU circuit and is generally regarded as one of the top handful of seniors in Indiana's class of 2003.

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