Georgia Big Man Holds UVa Hoops Offer

Georgia Big Man Holds UVa Hoops Offer

Assistant coach Rob Lanier has been logging serious miles on the road, tons of sky miles, countless minutes on the phone, and sore thumbs from text messaging UVa recruits. Now a new player enters the scene with a scholarship offer from the Virginia basketball staff. Find out who inside.

While most recruits have some whirlwind tales to tell of their recruitments one 2006 target is going to have quite a unique one on his hands. Here's a quick synopsis: You're considered one of the top players in your state and D-1 coaches are calling trying to get you to visit in hopes of landing a commitment. You find a school that is a good fit and decide to commit to an ACC program. Then a few months later after some discussion with the staff you decide to go separate ways and you're back in the whole recruiting mix once again.

Earth shattering as it sounds such is the case for C/PF Jerome Burney of Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Burney at 6'9 210 lbs. originally gave a commit to the Miami Hurricanes. The athletic big man made his pledge early on in the process during June. From there he continued to try and improve his skills on the AAU circuit playing for the Georgia Stars. He teamed with Maryland commit PF Landon Milbourne, fellow ACC prospect SG JaJuan Jones, and 2007 star Gani Lawal playing for the Stars.

Burney however has held his head up high and earned the admiration of this analyst as he sat down to tell us what's been going on with his recruitment lately. A mutual decision was made by Burney and the Miami staff and his recruitment was reopened.

"Right now I like Georgia Tech, Virginia, UAB, Maryland, and a few others." Burney says he holds offers from, "Tulane, Alabama, Clemson, Virginia, Maryland, and UAB. Georgia Tech ran out of scholarships and they said if one opens up that I'll be the first to get it."

With a number of high major offers already in hand Burney informed us that, "I've visited Georgia Tech already. I don't have any other visits lined up right now though but I will soon." Who would be the man leading the recruitment of the lanky center from Atlanta for the Virginia Cavaliers? "Coach Rob Lanier has been recruiting me for Virginia. He's done a good job. I really like the fact that they are in the ACC. I look at it like this, to be the best you gotta play the best and that's the ACC."

Would there be anything specific that would play a role in Burney's recruitment the second time around? "Most definitely, right now I'm looking at the conferences. I want to play in a strong conference."

Burney has enjoyed some success playing for Westlake as he's landed on numerous all-tournament teams and won the MVP award playing in the Peach State Classic. He also projects to be one of the best players once again in the state of Georgia for his upcoming senior season. "My immediate goal for this upcoming season is to help my team win the state championship."

Burney's response when asked to breakdown his own game was, "I'm good when it comes to running the floor, I play good defense, and I block a lot of shots."

Sounds like a match for a certain coach's philosophy in one Dave Leitao. Expect a decision to come in the near future as the Westlake High star told us, "I probably won't make a decision until right before the season starts sometime in November or early December."

HooNation.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Jerome Burney as he looks for a school that will give him the opportunity to play and improve early on in his collegiate career. Please visit our premium message board, Hooforia, to pose any questions concerning Burney's recruitment and UVa sports questions in general.

INTERESTING FACT

Jerome told us that, "Carmelo Anthony was my favorite college basketball player. In the pros now I like T-Mac (Tracy McGrady)."

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