Justin Burrell Ready to Break Out

It's only a matter of time when more high division one programs start inquiring about Justin Burrell. Though he has been mentioned quite often by the Scout.com basketball experts, he may not be a household name on the national recruiting radar for most fans and coaches. But the athletic 6-7, 220 pound power forward from Our Savior Lutheran H.S. in the Bronx, N.Y., is getting plenty of attention thus far from the locals.

Burrell, who helped lead Our Savior Lutheran to the final four of this past weekend's Metro/East qualifier for the AND 1 High School Basketball Championships, said he's been offered scholarships thus far by three New York City based programs -- Fordham, St. John's and St. Francis College. There are other schools in recent weeks that are starting to get a little more serious too about Burrell, including Syracuse University. The Orange certainly have Paul Harris high on their radar screen but Burrell could emerge soon in the sights of head coach Jim Boeheim and his staff.

"I like those schools, but I am still waiting," Burrell said. "I am going to the ABCD Camp, and things could change after that."

According to Our Savior Asst. Coach Karone Carmichael, Drexel has also offered Burrell. "I am open in my recruiting," Burrell emphasized. "I don't even have a list or an order of where I want to go."

Burrell averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game this past season at Our Savior. This spring, he has been a key player for Dana Dingle's Long Island Lightning squad that recently lost in the Elite Eight of the Rumble in the Bronx.

Burrell is at his best reacting to the offensive glass, where he uses his quick pogo hops to finish plays above the rim. Along the baseline and underneath the basket, he can be a dangerous force. The further he strays away from the basket, the less effective a player he is.

Following next month's ABCD Camp, Burrell and the Lightning will play on the Reebok Circuit. They will attend Team Breakdown's Tournament in Miami, as well as the Reebok Big Time in Las Vegas.

Burrell won't take the SAT for the first time until the fall, but he has had the opportunity to take an unofficial visit to St. John's. "I've also been to Fordham a lot because I live near there," he added.

Burrell's recruitment will probably begin to take shape after the July evaluation period.

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