Ramifications from a busy weekend
September, 7, 2011
The long weekend was hardly a holiday for those of us in the recruiting field as commitments seemed to be popping for all 72 hours. After playing catch up for most of those three days, here's a look back at what went down (relative to the East Coast) along with both their short and long term ramifications.
SF Deonte Burton to MarquetteShort term: Any time you can lock up a Super 60 prospect before his junior year has started you don't hesitate, especially if he's a local product. So while the commitment was significant for Marquette, it was equally special for Burton who will return home in the fall of 2013 after spending three seasons attending prep school in New Hampshire. Long term: Burton and Buzz Williams are the perfect pair. Burton is a highly-talented 6-foot-5 forward with power and athleticism, but he isn't without his faults. He was essentially a player without a true position a year ago and while he's really expanded his skill set in the last year his critics will say he still doesn't defend or compete as consistently as he needs to in order to maximize his potential. Enter Williams, one of the top young coaches and motivators in the game today, whose teams are known for their intensity. If he can get that out of Burton on a consistent basis, this could be an even bigger commitment than we realize.
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