"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Friday, September 02, 2011

Deonte Burton Commits to Marquette

Buzz Williams got his 2013 recruiting class off to a great start Friday when ultra-athletic 6'5", 228-lb SG/SF Deonte Burton announced he would be coming home to play his college ball. The standout wing currently plays for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing his freshman year at Milwaukee Vincent. Burton is a consensus top-50 recruit and one of the most prolific players to commit to Marquette since Buzz Williams took over as head coach in 2008.

Burton is a left-handed, slashing wing player that fits Buzz's system perfectly. He is considered one of the most powerful and athletic players in his class. Burton is known for highlight reel dunks and recognized as an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker. In his class he is ranked #36 by ESPN, #44 by Scout, and #45 by Rivals. He was a frequent visitor to Marquette's campus of late, having two unofficial visits in the past two weeks, most recently on Wednesday.

After his commitment, NY2LASports caught up with Burton. He said "I feel like home at Marquette and Coach Buzz and the rest of the staff have done a great job of treating me and my family as a priority during the entire process from day one. Everyone on the team has taken me in as one of their own, the staff has been respectful of me and my family, and I think Coach Buzz can help me continue to improve as a player and a person…Marquette is where I want to be."

The news of Burton's commitment also displays that Buzz Williams is putting a priority on getting the best players from the state of Wisconsin. Burton marks the third top-rated player from Wisconsin that Williams has secured in five recruiting classes, joining top-rated 2009 player Jamil Wilson (via transfer) and top-rated 2010 player Vander Blue. Marquette still has one scholarship available for their 2013 class.

1 comment:

Beaver said...

Great get. Let's hope he's a team player and hard-worker.