Last year at this time Avon (IN) power forward Austin Burgett was in the middle of a recruiting whirlwind of sorts. The 6-9, 210-pounder's game had piqued the interest of scouts across the Midwest and scholarship offers began rolling in.
"I haven't had any new offers recently," Burgett reported. "I pretty much got them all last year during the summer. I got Xavier, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio, Delaware, Butler, and Purdue."
Numerous others continued to show interest, but Burgett's athletic focus shifted toward the high school hardwood where he turned in a successful sophomore campaign.
"It went well," Burgett said recalling last season. "We sort of did not play very strong in the end and lost in the first round of sectionals. We went to double over time, but we just couldn't finish the game. But I played really well (last year). I think I (averaged) 15 points per game and nine boards."
With his sophomore year now a thing of the past, the intensity of his recruitment is beginning to ratchet up again. Avon made its way up to East Lansing for the Izzo Shootout, and afterward, Burgett was on the receiving end of a great deal of personal attention.
"We lost in the early day and I stayed after and talked to them after the tournament," he recalled. "They said that they really like me. They haven't seen me much other than at their tournament. So they just want to watch me throughout July and they want me to come back after the holidays and we'll figure things out then. I really like them. They are probably one of my top schools."
The Michigan Wolverines have been aiming for a similar distinction. The Maize & Blue has been actively recruiting Burgett for well over a year. That strong and consistent interest played a major role Burgett capitalizing on an opportunity that his proximity to Ann Arbor afforded him.
"I went (to Michigan) for a visit the next day (after the Izzo Shootout)," he said. "It went well. I went there earlier in the season but it was only for a football game. This time I actually got to see everything and got a feel for the coaches and campus. I like it."
Despite Michigan's significant staff turnover in recent months, the Wolverines haven't missed a beat in their recruitment of Burgett thanks to the arrival of a familiar face.
"Lavall Jordan is my recruiter," Burgett stated. "I knew him before because he was at Iowa. He's a pretty good coach and I really like him."
The same can certainly be said of Burgett's feelings about Michigan headman, John Beilein.
"I think he's a really good coach," said the Hoosier State star. "He showed me some clips that I would fit in and I thought it was accurate. I think I would fit in there and the way they play. He said the same thing as Izzo (though). He's only seen me play once or twice. He wants to watch me in July and then come back up in August and they'll talk to me (about a possible scholarship). But they're right up there with (the other top schools on his list)."
"I'll probably (decide on a school) somewhere in my junior year," Burgett later added. "It will come down to where I feel I fit best and what my family decides."