Lyndale Burleson - All In The Family

The 6'4 SG out of O'Dea HS has a silky smooth demeanor on the floor, but that quiet confidence has grown out of a Burleson household that's already produced some serious D-1 athletes. The FJ sits down with one of Washington's best in the class of 2004 to see what makes him tick.

In the last ten years, high school basketball in Seattle has seen it's fair share of incredible players. Some, like Jason Terry (Franklin), Jamal Crawford (R.B.), and Michael Dickerson (Federal Way), made the most of their considerable talents and now play for pay in the league. We just might be adding another name to that list soon. And his last name is not Stewart. It's Burleson, as in Lyndale.

As a combo guard for the tradition rich O'Dea basketball team, this young baller has captured the imagination of more than a few Seattle hoop fans. Whether it's a silky smooth drive to the rack or simply finding the open man, Burleson has an uncanny ability to read the court and make the right decision for someone so young. Call it court savvy, basketball I.Q, feel for the game or whatever else you can think of. He has that innate court sense which the great ones possess. It's not something you're taught. You have it or you don't… Simple as that.

Burleson blew up last summer, making the all tourney team at the 15 and under AAU nationals, and the accolades started spilling out from there. Future Stars recruiting has him ranked as the #2 pg in the country for the class of 2004. And our new partner Tracy Pierson at has him as the #6 prospect on the West Coast, regardless of class. He followed up his superb summer period by absolutely making havoc for opponents during his sopomore campaign at O'Dea, averaging a cool 17.7 ppg while leading the way for the 20-7 Fighting Irish.

When older brother Nate, a two sport star athlete in his time at O'Dea, was asked whether he was surprised with Lyn's success this season, he said:" No, I'm not surprised at all. He had three older brothers who went on to play division 1 athletics. We were all really competitive. The youngest is usually the best of the bunch because he gets to learn from all of us."

In the sometimes "more flash than finish" track meet otherwise known as the Metro Conference, Burleson has become something of an enigma. Great style, even better fundamentals. Rarely will you see him throw a pass behind his back (not that he can't) when he can throw the higher percentage chest pass. Yet, when it comes time to shake someone, well…let's just say he's not gonna stop and help you up.

FadeawayJ had a chance to sit down with young Burleson for a few minutes and find out what makes this young phenom tick.

FadeawayJ: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Lyndale: My three older brothers have always schooled me to be my best and to always work hard. All three of them play or played at the D1 level in football or basketball. They always taught me if I work hard that I can achieve anything I want to.

FadeawayJ: How often do you ask your brothers, who have been there, for advice?

Lyndale: They call me everyday and give me little reminders on what I need to work on.

FadeawayJ: What schools have you heard from after the great summer you had?

Lyndale: Nobody has called me, because that's illegal. I have received letters from Duke, UNC, Syracuse, Michigan, New Mexico, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon St. and others.

FadeawayJ: How much time do you put into academics and athletics per week?

Lyndale: About two hours a day go into my schoolwork. Our team practices everyday. If I don't finish my homework, I do it after practice.

FadeawayJ: What is your favorite thing to do on the court?

Lyndale: Get a steal and then dunk on somebody.

FadeawayJ: Who is the toughest player you faced this summer in a camp or tournament?

Lyndale: Duke recruit Sean Dockery.

FadeawayJ: Toughest player you've faced this past season?

Lyndale: I haven't faced anyone that I would consider tough.

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