6-6, 200-pound Interlake forward Brian Burke played last season with an injury, missing five league games, but made such an impression on league coaches that he still made honorable mention All-KingCo 3A.
Burke averaged 15.7ppg when he was healthy and put a season-high 28 on the board against state tournament-bound Skyline.
During the off season he played with the Emerald City Pioneers and showed he was deserving of looks from college coaches with a solid balance of outside shooting and inside strength.
When we checked in on Burke early in the spring at the Washington Premier Spring League we were impressed with his play on the outside. He shot the ball well the times that we saw him and showed his athleticism on an array of slashing drives that led to some rim-rocking dunks.
Burke sees himself as an outside/inside type of player who likes to take it strong to the basket, comparing his game to the Dallas Maverick's Dirk Nowitski. "The best part of my game is probably driving to the hole." He most enjoys "dunking and the competition of playing the game."
On the negative side Burke says of his game "I can tend to get down on myself." But some would not think of that as a weakness.
He's a 3.5 student in the classroom and though he hasn't gotten a whole lot of recruiting attention yet, says "I'm interested in any school who wants me."
With a nice combination of athleticism and a well rounded package of skills he should be just fine.
And as far as the socks go Brian tells us he prefers "ankles."
Keep an eye on this highlight reel waiting to happen.