Change of plans for Burton

Things seem to be winding down for Joe Burton who had a change in weekend plans.

Four-star wing Joe Burton was set to visit Missouri this weekend however plans changed. Instead the 6-foot-5 Houston native decided to visit a Big XII school, and three programs are now clearly in his final group of schools.

Instead of visiting Missouri, Burton made his way to Norman to check out the Oklahoma Sooners. According to Burton the Sooners have picked things up with him recently and that made it easy for him to take an official visit.

"It was a quick change of plans," said Burton. "Missouri decided they wanted to go in another direction. Oklahoma came down to the school and asked about a visit. I had an open weekend and just took that visit."

Burton came away with a very favorable impression of Oklahoma following his trip.

"It was definitely a great experience," Burton explained. "I really liked it actually. I didn't think OU was that big on basketball, I thought it was a football school, but when I went down there they showed me how passionate they are about basketball. It just changed my whole mindset about the basketball team."

The only other official trip Burton had taken previously was to Oklahoma State. There Burton saw the Cowboys campus and what it had to offer. Since then Oklahoma State landed Jared Terrell, but Burton says the Cowboys are still very much in the picture.

"They are still really high on my list," explained Burton of Oklahoma State. "It was a really good visit. I felt really comfortable around the coaches and players. I saw how hard they workout and the visit made me see how hard college players really have to work."

Up next for Burton is Oregon. It is a trip that he is definitely looking forward to, and he is excited to see what the Ducks have to offer.

"I am just looking forward to meeting the players and the coaches and the whole entire staff," said Burton. "I want to see how I would fit in and see the academic side as well. I am just looking forward to the whole trip in general."

When it comes to schools, nothing has been cut down completely, but Oregon, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State seem to be the main options.

"Those are my main three," said Burton. "As of right now those will probably be my final three. Now something could always change, but right now those are my final three."

With that said a decision shouldn't be too far away.

"I am definitely getting close to making a decision," noted Burton. "I am thinking about getting back from Oregon and sitting down with my mom and my dad and making my decision a few weeks later."

Burton is a four-star prospect and the No. 78 player overall.


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