Hittin' the Weights with Dwight Burke

One of the question marks coming into Marquette's 2006-2007 season is who will emerge as a reliable weapon on the frontline for the Golden Eagles? There are a number of players vying for these spots, one of whom is Dwight Burke.

One of the question marks coming into Marquette's 2006-2007 season is who will emerge as a reliable weapon on the frontline for the Golden Eagles? There are a number of players vying for these spots, one of whom is Dwight Burke.

"Personally, I take rebounding as a thing for myself that I need to improve on," said the sophomore forward out of Brooklyn, New York. "We weren't necessarily one of the best rebounding teams in the conference last year, and as coach has expressed, it's a big focus this year, and it's time for myself, other frontline players, and pretty much everybody to step up on the rebounding side."

"I just did a lot of weight training this summer," said Burke, who is noticeably more imposing and now weighs in at 240 pounds with arms that could pass for Hulk Hogan's in his hey-day. "I got a lot stronger over the summer and that's going to be important in the Big East."

With Burke's added strength, it would be hard for him not to be a force on the boards this season, especially with the dearth of consistent rebounding presence along the frontline for the Golden Eagles. However, he will need to improve on the 0.8 rebounds he pulled down last season in order to gain increased time in the rotation.

"I did a lot of shooting, and my jump shot has improved a lot over the summer," said Burke. This improvement could allow Burke to become a greater scoring threat in the low post. After averaging 0.6 points on 4 of 12 shooting last year, it would certainly help Burke to gain time in the rotation if he is able to establish himself as a low post scoring threat for the Golden Eagles should he make the necessary strides with his shot.

When it comes to ex-high school teammates re-uniting on the Marquette squad, Maurice Acker and Jerel McNeal aren't the only two. This season, Marquette adds freshman guard David Cubillan from St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey, a high school teammate of Burke's.

"It's nice to have an old friend around," said Burke of Cubillan, "I'm sure it's good for him, too, having somebody here that he knew prior to arriving."

All in all, Dwight Burke looks to make a great deal of improvement and many strides in his sophomore year at Marquette. With the amount of strength that he has added, as well as his offensive focus in the off-season, he will contribute very quickly to Marquette's frontline.


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