Brewster Academy Star Has Illini Offer

Deonte Burton (Scout)

The Fighting Illini basketball staff has been venturing outside of the state borders for talent. They have reached all the way to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire to offer small forward Deonte Burton, originally from Wisconsin. He led his team to the 17U Best Buy Classic Championship in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.

Deonte Burton is a 6'-5" small forward for the Terry Porter Elite AAU program. He is a tough, rugged, and physical player who loves to grind out wins. Burton checks in at #40 nationally in the class of 2013 rankings. Colleges like him too, as he has a long list of suitors including Illinois.

Burton's AAU coach Bryan Johnikin listed some of the schools involved with his star.

"Louisville, Marquette, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin and a whole bunch of others."

The Illinois staff likes Burton's game.

"Coach Jay Price has been recruiting him," Johnikin states. "Bruce Weber and I talked last summer. We just couldn't get him to their elite camp because of school. They really want to be right on top of him."

Johnikin said the Illini have mentioned a few aspects they especially like in Burton's game.

"They like how he attacks the bucket and how he is strong enough to rebound at the small forward position."

The scholarship offer was made awhile back. Johnikin says the Illini are still under strong consideration.

"It has been awhile since I have talked with them about him, but they are definitely still in on him. I know it is going to really pick up in July."

Johnikin was impressed with Burton's progress over the spring AAU season.

"It has been getting better. The first tournament, he was a little out of shape, to now where he is getting back to where he needs to be."

The Terry Porter team capped off the spring with a tournament championship at the Best Buy Classic in Chicago. Burton's strong second half effort propelled them to the victory over Indiana Elite.

"I played good," Burton stated. "It was more of a team effort. We all played good throughout the tournament."

Burton is explosive off the dribble and getting into the lane. He loves to use his strength to finish on the interior. When he is feeling it, he can also step out and hit his sweet-looking jumper from behind the arc. To whom would Burton compare his game?

"Some people say I play a little like Lamar Odom."

Johnikin talked about what he sees positionally for Burton at the college level.

"He is a small forward. A lot of people think he is a power forward because he is strong."

Regardless of position, Burton is a winner who plays hard with an attitude. If he continues to raise his team to the top of AAU tournaments, his ranking and college list will continue to soar.

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