NY Big Forward Getting Wide Range Of Interest

Sleeper Justin Burrell is getting interest from some majors and more mid-majors; the junior big forward already has one offer.

If you haven't heard of Justin Burrell, you're not alone. Even locally, the 6-foot-7, 215 pound power forward/center from Our Savior Lutheran in the Bronx has managed to elude the spotlight thus far.

That likely won't last. College coaches began to poke around Our Savior Lutheran this winter, and many more will get a peek at the junior this spring and summer.

A native of Middletown, New York, who originally attended Middletown High School before landing at Our Savior this fall, Burrell's physical tools are what jump out at you. Sporting a strong frame and sturdy upper body, Justin is a springy big man who tries to dunk everything around the basket. He's quick off the floor and shows some explosiveness. Offensively, he is still fairly raw, but shows a decent touch around the hoop. He'll snare stick-backs and score in close, but doesn't have a polished back-to-the-basket repertoire.

Burrell created something of a buzz at the New York City Private Schools Showcase back in the fall when he reportedly outplayed Jabari Edwards of Brooklyn's Poly Prep, who has received some high major interest. This winter, college coaches haven't been shy about paying Burrell and coach Oswald Cross a visit.

"(I've heard from) Drexel, Siena, Rider, Richmond, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Fordham, Jacksonville State, and St. John's," said Burrell. "Jacksonville State is one school that has offered."

St. John's and a few other programs came in to evaluate Burrell this winter.

Justin will suit up with the Long Island Lightning on the AAU circuit this spring and summer. Burrell will be flanked by a number of other talented players, including 6-foot-6 PF/SF Tyrone Nash (2006) from Lawrence-Woodmere Academy, 6-foot-0 combo guard Corey Fisher (2007) out of St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 6-foot-0 combo guard Darius Gabriel (2007) from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, and 6-foot-5 power forward Andrew Gabriel (2007) out of Christ the King in Queens.


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