July 3, 2012

2014 big man hearing from Colorado

After spending time at five different high schools as an underclassman, Class of 2014 prospect Devin Burleson started to catch the attention of colleges after performing well on the AAU circuit during the April evaluation period.

The 6-foot-9 big man from Southern California plays with his cousin Namon Wright and good friend Chris Sandifer as a member of the Dream Vision club team.

"We made it to the semifinals of almost every tournament we played in this spring but we weren't able to win any of them so that is what our goal is for these tournaments in July: to win them," Burleson said. "We are going to be playing in tournaments in Indianapolis and Milwaukee before the Super 64 in Vegas."

Colorado has been in consistent contact with Burleson since colleges were allowed to begin initiating contact with recruits last month. He spoke most recently with the Buffaloes' staff on Tuesday morning.

"Colorado has been showing a lot of interest," Burleson said. "It would be a good place to be. I like the state of Colorado as far as the weather is concerned. I have some friends that play there, Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie. That is a program on the rise, too. I am not too sure if I am going to be able to visit Colorado this summer because I have a lot of tournaments but I want to visit there sometime in the future."

Burleson claims offers from UNLV, Florida and New Mexico State. He has also been hearing from UCLA, Villanova, Georgetown, Indiana, West Virginia, Washington and Syracuse.

"I don't want to name favorites because I don't want to have any schools back off and plus, I never really watched too much college basketball until this past year so I haven't really had a lot of interest in one particular school," Burleson said. "It is still early and I want to see how things go for now."

Burleson spent time at Clark High in Las Vegas before moving to California. He was at Pacific Hills first, attended Chatsworth Sierra Canyon briefly and played for Los Angeles Price during the summer before his sophomore year. He enrolled at Bellflower St. John Bosco last winter. He plans to stay there for his junior year.

Burleson considers his selflessness as a basketball player to be one of his best attributes, but added that sometimes he might be too unselfish.

"My willingness to sacrifice my own personal glory so that we can win and getting my teammates where they need to be is something that I pride myself on," Burleson said. "It is a team game so it is not about me, it is about the team. But some of my coaches have said I am a little too unselfish at times. That is one thing that I want to work on, finding the right balance between being a good team player while staying aggressive."

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