July 31, 2008

Burton picks up more 'love'

Oregon State wasn't anywhere near the recruitment of Kevin Love, but the new coaching staff is making sure that the Beavers are in the running for the next version. Dubbed by Rivals.com's Justin Young as "Kevin Love, Jr.", Joe Burton has impressed observers this summer with his skill level and size, and the OSU coaching staff is hoping they can outbattle the increasing competition and convince the robust 6-foot-7, 270-pound post from Hemet (Calif.) West Valley High School to come to Corvallis.

While some of his Compton Magic are playing this week, Burton is taking some well-deserved time off after a spectacular showing in Las Vegas.

"We took second place at the adidas 64 in Las Vegas," Burton said. "It was like last year except more coaches came to our games. I did good - just overall, everything was good."

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