Jerome Burney Looking - Again

Jerome Burney committed to Miami prior to the summer, but now the long big man is back looking once again after things didn't work out with the Hurricanes.

It wasn't all that long ago that Jerome Burney's recruitment was closed. Now, after receiving a call from Miami coach Frank Haith, the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Austin Westlake (Ga.) standout is back on the board.

``My parents and my high school coach had talked to Coach Haith while I was playing at the Super Showcase in Orlando, but they didn't want to tell me and mess up my play," said Burney, who played with the Georgia Stars. "When I got back, my dad told me what happened."

``Miami was looking for a bigger player – someone 6-10 and about 250 or 260. I'm only about 210 pounds and more athletic that what they need."

Now Burney's list includes a wide variety of schools all the way from ACC schools such as Georgia Tech, Maryland and Clemson to schools like Tulane, Jacksonville and Georgia State. Burney also mentioned Alabama.

``It's hard because I know I'd be getting more playing time at the smaller schools," Burney said. "I think I could start right away or be the sixth man coming off the bench."

``Or I could try and go to a Georgia Tech, Maryland or Clemson and not play as much right away, but play at a higher level."

``The school that really sticks out right now is Georgia Tech," he continued. "They're close to home and I have a little brother whose 2 years old and I'd like to see him grow up."

Burney, who averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks as a junior and scored a 970 on the SAT and sports a 3.5 GPA, won't rush into a decision the second time around.

``Right now I'm open to everyone," Burney said. "I probably won't make a decision until Late November or early December."


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