Late Bloomer Waiting on a Dream

Kannon Burrage is a 6'2" scoring machine who led the Western Big Six conference in scoring with an average of 24.2 points per game. Burrage is looking ahead to the future after United Township fell 54-49 to the Quincy Blue Devils in the first round of the Regional Tournament. Last night we caught up with Burrage to get the latest on his recruitment.

Kannon Burrage is one of the most prolific players in the history of United Township High School in East Moline. During his career, he broke many of the high school's scoring records and totaled 615 points in his senior season.

Like many outstanding high school players, Burrage is looking forward to playing at the next level, but he's had to deal with some bumps in the road.

"It was going pretty good, until I found out from Charleston Southern that I don't have the right core courses to play DI basketball," Burrage said. "They were going to offer me a scholarship but they saw that I didn't meet the requirements. UNI also has shown some interest but they know the situation. My school has been trying to get things worked out with the clearinghouse so I can take the two courses in the summertime but I'll have graduated by then."

Too many times athletes make the mistake of not taking care of business in the classroom and it ends up costing them a scholarship. Burrage is disappointed at the developments but not upset.

"I will tell any kid if you have been told you have the chance to play DI basketball or any sport take care of business at school," Burrage stated. "Without that, none of it matters."

For now, it looks like Burrage will have to attend junior college, but he's not without options.

"I have three that's really putting in the time to recruit me," Burrage said. He listed Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Arizona, Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana as schools that have contacted him frequently.

He also added that "prep school is an option but I haven't really pursued that very hard."

Once Burrage decides on a college we'll have his announcement here at IllnioisHSPreps.Com.

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