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Miami recruit Burnett a rising talent

10/23/2012

Something happened last week that doesn’t often happen. DeAndre Burnett (Miami, Fla./Massanutten Military Academy) lit up storied Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) for 36 points in a scrimmage.

Who is he, you ask? Burnett is a Miami (Fla.) pledge and a name you might want to jot down.

“That was the first time I’d seen that kid play; hadn’t seen Frank Mason either until the scrimmage,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. “I had no prior knowledge of either one. I knew of Mason but not Burnett.”

Burnett made six 3-pointers in 11 tries. Multiple defenders were on him. If any of the Oak Hill kids weren’t aware of how good he is, they are now.

“In these kind of scrimmages, when someone gets 36 you’ve got to be able to play a little bit,” Massanutten coach Chad Myers said. “He scored continuously throughout the whole game.”

Myers is doing big things at Massanutten. In only his second year, he has amassed enough talent to toe the line with Oak Hill during their scrimmage. Mason, who recently committed to Kansas, also had 22 points and 11 assists. But we’ve seen Mason; we knew he could play. This Burnett kid? That’s another story.

Myers figured the Miami native would be a nice player, but he’s exceeded expectations. Smith said he had no doubt Burnett could play and score in the ACC, but Myers took his evaluation a step further.

“He’s a combo (guard) that could be a one,” Myers said. “I would say he’s better than Dee Bost and Damier Pitts from when I was at Hargrave. Every night he gets in around 9:30 p.m. to get up shots. He’s got a lot to prove and he works at it every day.”

At the end of the day, 36 points against Oak Hill in a high-level scrimmage game is going to get you noticed. From Miami’s standpoint, it’s a welcome sign that their future signee will be a contributor early for coach Jim Larranaga. The Hurricanes missed on scorer Kameron Williams, who committed to Ohio State, but it sounds like Burnett is better than a consolation prize.

“That kid made shots,” Myers said. “He scored it from all over the place. He knocked down 3s, he shot pull-ups, he scored at the rim. He just went off. They really couldn’t guard. We let him go and he plays with a lot of confidence.”

Only the prep schools have started the early part of their seasons, but it’s never too soon to seek out the risers. And based on his performance against Oak Hill, Burnett has a chance.