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2020 guard Nimari Burnett cuts to five, sets three official visits
By ADAM ZAGORIANimari Burnett, the Class of 2020 guard from Prolific Prep (CA), has cut his list to five and set three official visits, he told ZAGSBLOG.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard is down to Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Texas Tech.
Playing for Team WhyNot on the EYBL circuit, Burnett averaged 20.4 points a game, while shooting 46 percent from the field.
In the Peach Jam, Team WhyNot lost in the title game to MoKan Elite. Burnett averaged 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game and was 42 of 92 from the field, including 11 of 40 from three-point range.
Burnett also played with USA Basketball as a part of the U18 3-on-3 championship team that won the 18U World Cup in Mongolia last month.
He broke down the five schools he will visit recently for ZAGSBLOG.
Louisville: “Definitely the fans, the coaching staff and what they have planned for me and the rest of the incoming recruits is something that appeals to me. They have a bright future.”
Alabama: “They’re a good program. Coach Nate Oats and coach Bryan [Hodgson] have been recruiting me hard. With them coming from Buffalo, I’ve known about them since my sophomore year. They’re a good program and they’re starting something special over there.”
Michigan: “I’ve known coach Juwan Howard since I was about eight or nine years old. He sees me playing with Zeb Jackson and being an intricate part of the team’s success. He thinks I can play right away as well.”
Oregon: “They see me coming in as a point guard right away, as does Louisville. They think I can really help the team win and make a final four. They have some really intriguing prospects that I wouldn’t mind playing with. They have a bright future as well.”
Texas Tech: “A new incoming school in my recruitment who just hired coach Ulric [Maligi] from Texas A&M which I had previous ties with. Coach [Chris] Beard and he believe in me and sees me coming in and possibly going one and done while also leading the team to anational championship. Also learning from coach Beard is also important.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.