2017 PG Malik Burnett Update

Potentially, one of the top point guard in the class of 2017, Malik Burnett, of Lee High School in Huntsville, AL, camped at Mississippi State recently. He talked with Gene's Page about the camp, Mississippi State in general and his recruitment.

  • Name: Malik Burnett
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Lee (Huntsville, AL) High School
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-1, 160
  • Scout.com Ranking: NR
  • Colleges of Interest: Auburn, Mississippi State, Murray State

  • Burnett, a great passer, very athletic and a very good three-point shooter, talked about the benefits of participating in team camps.

    "(The college team camps) helps us develop as a team and learn how each other plays," he said. "I'm one of the young guys on our team so I get to play against a lot of nationally ranked players, which helps me get better mentally and physically."

    When he's at a college camp he realizes he is likely being watched by the coaches at that camp, so he always just tries to play his game.

    "You never know who is watching you play, so you just go out there and play your game," said Burnett. "If there is someone watching you play and they like the way you play, then they might end up talking to you and finding out how your personality is."

    And that very thing happened at the Mississippi State team camp because MSU's head coach, Rick Ray talked to Burnett as well as several other members of his team.

    "Coach Ray said he liked how hard we played and how we play together as a team," said Burnett. "We aren't selfish. He talked to us about our grades and how important they are. He told me he liked how hard I play and how I hustle. no matter what the score is. He said I can help them in later years because I bring hard work and speak up. He likes that I'm not afraid of a person's reaction to how I speak to them."

    Burnett came away impressed with Coach Ray and also Mississippi State.

    "Coach Ray is a great person," said Burnett. "He will tell you the truth, how he feels, so you know what he is looking for. And Mississippi State is a great environment to be around. There isn't a lot of stuff at Mississippi State that will get you in trouble."

    Although just now going into his sophomore year, Burnett already has three colleges recruiting him.

    "Murray State, Auburn and Mississippi State are interested in me," said Burnett.

    He doesn't take for granted that he's already receiving recruiting attention at such an early age.

    "It feels good," said Burnett. "It makes you feel like you can achieve a lot. And it makes you want to work even harder."

    Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow Malik Burnett's recruitment.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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