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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

Read Thad Mumau's feature article on Conference USA basketball recruiting in Bonesville Magazine.

Hoops Recruiting Report
Thursday, October 21, 2004

By Thad Mumau

Rough-cut gem Burke set for refinement



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National rankings and stats can be dazzling, but those aren’t the magnets that attract college basketball coaches to high school players.

The combination of talent and potential is what does it.

And that is the lure of Dwight Burke, the 6-8 ½, 235-pound power forward who recently committed to East Carolina with plans to sign with the Pirates in November.

“Dwight is a bit raw but is very talented," said Bobby Hurley, Burke’s coach at Newark (NJ) St. Benedict’s School. "He has a world of potential.”

Burke spent last season at New York (NY) Rice High School, where he averaged 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and a blocked shot per game.

“He really didn’t play a lot,” Rice coach Maurice Hicks said. “He was our seventh or eighth guy, and there were games he didn’t get many minutes. We were a pretty talented team, though, so this isn’t to say Dwight can’t play.

“The thing is, he needs to play. He needs game experience so that he can feel relaxed out there and just play his game. He has some talent. I think he will be a good college player. East Carolina made a good move.

“Dwight has some good post moves, but he isn’t very smooth at this point. Everything he does looks kind of rough. But he can rebound. When he goes up and gets the ball off the boards, he does it with authority.

“He had a few games for us that he came in and did something big right away,” Hicks said. “That would give him confidence, and he’d go on and have a big night — like a double-double. He did that a couple of times.

“He would block a shot, go down and score at the other end, rip down a bunch of rebounds, get a stickback or two and really assert himself. That’s the kind of player he can be with experience.”

Bill Herrion and his staff didn’t offer a scholarship to Burke on a lark. Coaches from a number of colleges watched the big guy this past summer and liked what they saw.

St. Bonaventure, Richmond and Rhode Island also offered, while Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgia and Rutgers were among several others that were very interested.

“There were around 35 schools looking at Dwight,” Hurley said. “Georgia, Villanova, Seton Hall and Rutgers probably would have offered in the spring. If he had waited and gone late, he would have gotten much more attention, with probably a lot more of the bigger-name schools getting involved.

“I don’t say that because I think he made a bad decision in committing to East Carolina. Coach Herrion has things going in the right direction down there, and it’s a good program. I think it’s a good fit for Dwight.

“I’m just stating a fact,” Hurley said. “What I said about him is true for many kids. The ones who go late, waiting until the spring to sign, end up on lists of a lot of schools that might not be recruiting them in the fall. Everybody doesn’t get the first kids they go after, so they add some new names in the spring. It’s a great opportunity for kids that wait.”

Burke’s only visit was to Greenville.

“It was a couple of weeks ago,” Hurley said. “Dwight really liked the coaches and the campus, and he liked it socially. He came back from Greenville very happy, so he went ahead and got it done.”

Burke was planning a trip to St. Bonaventure, but cancelled it.

“He has a great basketball physique for a four or five guy,” Hurley said. “That’s where he will play — power forward or center. He is not a finesse player; he is a very physical power player. He’s a banger type, very strong.

“Dwight is pretty skilled. He has a nice little jump hook and a powerful drop step. He blocks shots well, runs okay and is an above average athlete for a big guy.

“He has a great up side, and that’s what coaches like so much about him.”

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02/23/2007 02:41:57 PM

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