Indianapolis – Austin Burgett is only a high school freshman, but he already knows where he wants to go.
To his left.
While college coaches are already well aware of the 6'8" up-and-comer from Avon H.S., he's spending more of his time thinking about how he can improve his game instead of where he's going to college in three years. That's why he's keeping his focus on the court and on things such as improving his left hand and his ability to finish this summer while playing with Chris Hawkins' Spiece Indy Stars 15-and-under team.
"I think I'm progressing, and I think travel ball is really going to help," Burgett said.
Burgett's AAU season got underway last weekend, as the Spiece Indy Stars advanced to the IndyBall.com Shootout championship game. During the weekend's competition in Indianapolis, Burgett showed size isn't the only thing he has going for him. He can also handle the ball well for a player his size, and he runs the floor extremely well and can finish on the break.
He put those skills to good use this past season, averaging 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for Avon H.S., making him one of the more productive freshmen in the Indianapolis area. This summer he'll continue to show off those abilities with a Spiece Indy Stars team that also includes a handful of other highly-regarded area freshmen such as Broad Ripple's Ron Patterson, Southport's Kellon Thomas and Lawrence Central's Jeremy Hollowell.
"I like playing with these guys because I'm not the only one who can finish – they can all finish," Burgett said. "Everyone on the team has the ability to go to the basket."
The Indy Stars are clearly one of the top 15-and-under teams around, and it's a roster that figures to attract the attention of plenty of college coaches once the recruiting calendar allows them to start watching the younger players at AAU events. But in Burgett's case, many of those college coaches have already taken the opportunity to see him play either in high school games or workouts at his high school.
One of those coaches is IU's Tom Crean, who has designs on trying to keep the best in-state players coming to Bloomington.
"I like Coach Crean – he seems like a really good coach," Burgett said. "I like their style of play also."
While Indiana has gotten its foot in the door early with Burgett, the Hoosiers aren't the only ones to make their early interest known. In addition to IU, Burgett said he's already made unofficial stops to Purdue and Butler, and he and several AAU teammates are looking to set up a joint trip to Iowa soon.
Burgett Knows Where He Wants To Go
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