Kannon Burrage was always the best player on his team; even at a young age there would be games when Kannon would "ooh" and "aah" the fans. Now entering his junior year of high school, Kannon is making a name for himself with colleges and other teams. InsideIllini.com spoke with Kannon for a Q and A.
Kannon, have you had any contact from the University of Illinois, and if so, from whom?
Yes, I have. Coach Tracey Webster called and spoke to me and my mom. He told me that he was going to come see me play and he invited me to come down there for a workout with the team. I'll be able to come down for a visit during some football games. That's really good news for me. It's something I've been looking forward to.
What would it mean to you if Illinois offered you a scholarship?
It would mean the world to me. I mean, it's Illinois and it's what I play for, so I can put myself in position for something like that.
What other schools have you or your coaches heard from about you as a player?
Illinois, Western Kentucky, Iowa State; Purdue has a little from my AAU coach.
Kannon your performance in Peoria a few weeks back had everyone in the gym talking about you. What did that feel like for you?
Everything felt right. I just kept saying to myself, "I can do this; don't let up." It was a good weekend for me. It seemed like everything they did to stop me from scoring - I found other ways, but with the help of my teammates.
How your play been since that event?
It's been really good. I'm averaging about 24.0 points, 5 assists and 3 steals a game. One of the best feelings for any basketball player is dunking on someone and in one game last week I did it three times in traffic.
Where will you be playing next this summer?
I'm going to play in South Dakota and Indianapolis. South Dakota is next weekend and we go to Indiana sometime in July.
Kannon, how would you compare your game to the rest of the players in the State of Illinois that are in the Class of 2009?
I can definitely play with the best players in the state; I've already played against some of them and done very well against them. I more than held my own. I really liked playing against D.J. Richardson. It was a good challenge for me because we both went at each other pretty hard.
Kannon is a 6-1, 185 pound point guard that can shoot it, get to the rim, and will dunk on you if given the chance. He's got long arms which makes him very dangerous in the passing lanes. He has not taken the ACT test yet but carries a 3.0 GPA.
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