Coach Heath and the USF basketball team have been looking for a shooter with size and might have found their man in Mike Burwell, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from South Kent Prep School in Connecticut, who just committed to the Bulls.
Burwell, 6'6-200 pounds is currently playing at South Kent where he is the team's leading scorer and is gearing up for the playoffs which start Wednesday.
"Mike's a scorer, and will be able to score at any level," said Kent Head Coach Kelvin Jefferson. "He's a big guard that can really stretch out defenses with his range on his jump shot, and get hit from well beyond the 3-point line. He also has the ability to get by defenders and has a good mid game as well"
The Bulls started following Burwell in high school when he averaged over 29 points, 11 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a senior at Cardinal McCormick HS in South Amboy, NJ. Coach Samuels came and saw him in a game against Worchester, and Coach Heath came and saw him soon after.
"They really liked him and Coach Heath offered him a scholarship after our tournament in Rhode Island two weeks ago," said Jefferson.
Burwell had offers from schools like Fordham, Rutgers, Evansville, UCF, South Alabama, Northern Iowa and had plenty of other interest before choosing USF.
"I chose them because of the total package," said Burwell. "I got a long with the players, the coaches are great guys and I think I can make a difference at USF, and make an impact."
After receiving the USF offer Burwell scheduled an official visit with USF the past weekend. While on the visit Mike was hosted by Chris Howard, spent time with the coaches and the players, saw the facilities, went to the West Virginia game and fell in love with the program.
"I already was high on the program, and knew they it was a good situation because they need another scorer, and I wanted to go where I'm needed. The visit went great, and after spending time with the coaches and going out with the players on my visit, really helped put the stamp on it."
Burwell is a combo guard and was a full qualifier coming out of Cardinal McCormick, but decided that attending prep school for a year was the best avenue for him.
"I was only 17 coming out of high school and thought another year of maturity would help me. I've been playing on one of the higher levels in the nation on one of the top scoring teams in the country, and it has helped me greatly."
After spending the past year honing his basketball skills, Burwell said he's eager to take his ability and work with the USF leading scorer Dominique Jones and the rest of the Bulls youth movement.
"I'm a good shooter and I can score, I'm really excited to work with Dominique Jones, Gus Gilchrest and the rest of the guys. There is a lot of upside with this team. I'm very excited."
Burwell is getting ready for the playoffs and said other visits aren't in his plans.
"No I don't plan on taking any other visits. I like what they're doing down there, and loved everything about it."
6'6 Combo Guard Burwell Chooses USF
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