David Burgess lists BYU among Top Five

<b><i>Compiled from reports by GREG HICKS and TRACY PIERSON of TheInsiders.com</b></i> <p> <b>David Burgess</b>, a 6' 10" center from Irvine, (Calif.), told TheInsiders.com yesterday he has narrowed his Top Five of schools to "UCLA, Louisville, Oregon, Gonzaga and BYU."

The Woodbridge High senior-to-be, rated a Four-Star recruit with TheInsiders.com, said a couple of schools helped themselves during the recent contact period. "Oregon and Gonzaga moved up," said Burgess.

"Coach Kent and Duncan came down and they offered a scholarship. And Coach Few and Grier came to my school also. Coach Few had to leave early for a ceremony with their new arena, but Coach Grier stayed over and we talked the next day."

"BYU, I've been to a lot -- we have family there," he said.

Asked about his official visits, he replied: "I'll probably take an official to Louisville. I may take an official to UCLA, but I've been there on an unofficial already, so I'll talk to my Dad and decide if it's necessary. Gonzaga and Oregon both want me to come up for visits.

"Right now, I'm thinking I might take my visits in August, then decide either in late August or early September. I want to get it done before my senior year."

Burgess took the SAT on June 7 and thinks he did fairly well, but he plans on taking it again.

"I'm going to be studying with a guy through the summer and I'll take it again in October," said Burgess.

The next couple months will be hectic for Burgess, as he plays basketball all over the country. "I'm going to the NBA camp on June 17, then the USA games in Colorado Springs at the end of this month, ABCD in early July, then the Big Time in Las Vegas," he added.

David's brother Chris played at Duke before transferring to Utah. David, meanwhile, worked out last summer at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was also named an All-Star at the 2002 ABCD Camp.

In April this year, Burgess was named to the first team of the Division II-AA CIF by the Southern California Basketball Coaches Association. Burgess has been receiving considerable interest from top basketball programs across the country.

In his junior year last season, he proved why he was considered one of the best post prospects on the west coast, with a double-double on the season, scoring 16.3 points a game and getting 12.6 rebounds. He led Orange Country in the rebounding department. He's also averaged 2.5 blocks a game.

Tracy Pierson, a basketball analyst with TheInsiders.com said "Burgess will be a highly recruited prospect this summer and would probably be listed among the top 60 or so players in the country in most national rankings. He's currently the #2 ranked Center in the junior class on the west coast, behind only Bakersfield's Robert Swift."

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