Indianapolis – More and more schools are realizing there's a lot to like about Avon H.S. sophomore Austin Burgett.
The 6'9" Class of 2012 product is a big man with more to offer than just a big frame. He's a very capable ball handler for someone his size, can face up an opponent and knock down a mid-range jump shot, and he can attack a defender by going to his left or his right.
He showcased those skills during the past several days in Indianapolis in the Hoosier Shootout, and he had plenty of interested on-lookers. Playing on a Spiece Indy Stars team that advanced to the 15-and-under finals, Burgett had the eyes of IU Coach Tom Crean, Illinois Coach Bruce Weber, Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter, plus a host of assistant coaches on him throughout the four-day event.
"I look over there before the games to see who's over there," said Burgett, who earned second-team All Hendricks County honors as a freshman last season for Avon. "It makes me want to play harder."
While most of the schools watching Burgett are still contemplating if and when to offer him a scholarship, Cincinnati's staff recently decided it had seen enough to go ahead and offer. Burgett was extended an offer late last month during an unofficial visit to the Bearcats' campus.
"I had no idea I was going to get offered," said Burgett, who also recently made unofficials to Xavier and Illinois as well. "We were in the weight room and (Associate Head) Coach (Larry) Davis was talking to me, and he said if you like this you have a full ride scholarship coming to you so you can come back," Burgett said. "It felt good riding home with (an offer)."
Burgett says there's a lot to like about the Bearcats' program, including the players that he met, the coaches and the facilities. But he said he's no where close to making a college choice, instead thinking he'll wait until his junior year of high school before making a college choice.
Between now and then, plenty of other scholarship offers figure to come Burgett's way. Indiana has been keeping very close tabs on him, having him on campus for not only the Elite Camp but Team Camp as well. Crean has told Burgett that he wants to keep watching him develop and to see him as frequently as possible.
"(Indiana) said they're looking at me really strong," Burgett said. "Coach Crean says he knows I'm good, but for me to keep working to be the best. They want me to keep coming down for visits."
Burgett figures to do that as much as his schedule allows. He said he's been impressed by what he's seen from Crean and where he wants to take the program.
"I really like Coach Crean," Burgett said. "I like what he has to say. I really want to listen to him – it's hard to get sidetracked when he's talking."
Burgett Has Plenty of Interested On-Lookers
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