Burton Gets La Salle's Point

For two years, Explorer head coach Dr. John Giannini has pined for a small, quick point guard. One who can get into the lane on offense and one who can defend other point guards from getting into the lane. It doesn't hurt when that same player has three district championships, a state championship, and is the career leader in assists for the premier high school basketball program in Pennsylvania.

La Salle has gotten all of those qualities and accomplishments from just one player. 5"9 point guard Karon Burton from Chester High School and the class of 2008 has committed to play for La Salle. Burton will to sit out the 2008-2009 basketball season to get his academics in order but for Explorer fans his talents and winning attitude will be well worth the wait as he continues to add to the blossoming talent base within the Explorer program.

Burton averaged 18 points per game last year while dishing out just under 8 assists per game. He led the Clippers to a 33-1 record this past season and a Class AAAA championship while leaving as Chester's all-time leader in assists. A leader for a program that has produced a slew of great guards, including Jameer Nelson and John Linehan. He is a relentless competitor who wills his team to victory. In fact many people compare his competitive nature to former La Salle great Randy Woods.

After losing point guard targets Derrick Williams (SMU) AND Kramer Soderberg (Miami of Ohio) Giannini turned to Burton realizing that the best point guard in the area was the best option for the 2008 and 2009 class. Make no mistake, if Burton was qualified La Salle would have at least 20 other schools to battle for Burton's services. However, this relationship works for both parties. Burton gets a chance to concentrate on his academics and get acclimated to college life while the Explorers get a talented player who fills a need but can and is willing to wait a year to get that talent.

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