Pitino to visit Burgess, trip to UofL lined up

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- David Burgess has his in-home and official visits lined-up and has narrowed his list to four. One school is notably absent from the final list.

6'10 David Burgess of Irvine, CA has a busy schedule planned in the coming month.  With the November signing period getting closer with each passing day, Burgess will be busy playing host to several of the nation's top coaches next week and then will hit the road for visits to each of the four finalists on list.

Burgess told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday night that Louisville, BYU, Gonzaga and Florida comprise his current and likely final list.

University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino will visit the Burgess household this Sunday, September 14th  and make his pitch to the talented interior prospect.  BYU's Steve Cleveland visits on September 16th, Florida's Billy Donovan arrives September 18th and Gonzaga's Mark Few comes in on September 22nd.

Burgess will visit the BYU campus on September 20th and will make three other official visits during October.  Burgess will officially visit Florida on October 3rd, Louisville on either October 10th or 17th and finish up with a trip to Gonzaga on October 24th.

According to Burgess, Louisville, Gonzaga, BYU and Florida have each extended scholarship offers.

One school that didn't make the final cut were Ben Howland and the hometown UCLA Bruins.

Burgess indicated that Coach Howland asked him to commit to the Bruins before Burgess was prepared to do so and then offered the same scholarship to another frontcourt prospect, 6'9 Lorenzo Matta, ending the UCLA-Burgess courtship.

Burgess, who wants to play contributing minutes as freshman, knows what he likes about each program on his final list. 

Louisville

Burgess likes the idea of playing for Coach Pitino, who he believes will, "Go down as a coaching legend."  Burgess likes the depth chart situation at U of L and believes he'd receive significant minutes as a freshman for Pitino.

 

Gonzaga

Burgess mentioned the Zags Coach Mark Few and indicated his impressions for the job he's done since replacing Dan Monson.

 

BYU

A Mormon, BYU fits the profile for Burgess and there's a comfort level with several family members living close to the BYU campus.  Burgess believes he could shine in the Mountain West Conference.

 

Florida

Two words..Billy Donovan.  Burgess likes the fact that Donovan has had success developing players and helping them reach the professional ranks. 

 

Burgess also mentioned that Sebastian Telfair's, who he played with at the adidas ABCD Camp All-Star game last year, decision could influence his own.

 

"That would," Burgess said in response to a question about any influence from Telfair's decision on his own.  "He's an unbelievable player and he'd be great to play with."

 

Burgess has a full schedule and some great coaches and schools to hear from during the next month or so and Coach Pitino and Louisville appear right in the mix for the 6'10 rebounder from the left coast.


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