Monday, October 21, 2013
Scout's take: Joe Burton to Okla. State
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 SF Joe Burton (Porter, Texas/Luthern North) has committed to Oklahoma State over Oklahoma and Oregon. Burton's commitment means the Cowboys and coach Travis Ford now have two ESPN 100 prospects in the fold, including SG Jared Terrell.
Let's break down Burton's decision and what it will mean to Oklahoma State:
Joe Burton can score in a number of different ways, giving the Cowboys offensive versatility.
Why he committed: "The coaching staff was really a big part of why I picked Oklahoma State," Burton said. "They made me feel like I was part of the family. When I visited back in August, I just felt it, and I think the coaches will help me get better and where I need to be. I also love the academics. I really liked their communications and journalism programs."
What he brings: At 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds, the four-star wing brings excellent size, athletic ability and the ability to score. Burton's repertoire includes above the rim finishes on the break, deep 3s, mid-range pull ups and getting all the way to the hole, and he is is capable of big numbers. Burton has had 30-plus point games on the AAU/travel circuit that I have personally witnessed. He is a pretty good area rebounder, passer, and he competes on both ends of the floor, not to mention he has improved at a steady rate.
How he fits: The No. 53 overall player in the class of 2014 will be a highlight finisher on the Cowboys fast break. He also will run the floor to spot up and knock down open 3s. He is a wing player for whom coach Ford can run plays. He can come off screens, post up smaller defenders and attack the rim with quick-first-step straight-line drives. He is a defense-stretcher and a perimeter matchup problem simply because he can score in so many different ways.
Who he reminds us of: Burton's ability to score and get hot reminds us of a combination of wing scorers starting with former Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson. We also see a little Caron Butler, Courtney Lee and J.R. Smith in Burton.
How the class is shaping up: The high-scoring Burton joins SG Terrell, C Mitch Solomon and junior college PG Jeff Newberry. Terrell is a strong physical guard who can defend and get to the rim. Solomon is a big body with just as big an upside, and Newberry will bring the experience to run the show from the point. The Cowboys filled their personnel needs with excellent talent and immediate contributors, both on the perimeter and in the post.