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Wednesday / December 11.
  • Nimari Burnett visits Alabama, Texas Tech up next

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Nimari Burnett, the Class of 2020 guard from Prolific Prep (CA), took his official visit to Alabama this past weekend and was on campus for the Ole Miss football game.

    “The visit was great and [they said] that I could come in and have a significant impact on a winning team,” Burnett said.

    The 6-foot-3 combo guard is down to Alabama, Michigan, Oregon and Texas Tech. Having visited Michigan and Alabama, Burnett will now visit Texas Tech (Oct. 18-20) and Oregon (Oct. 25-27).

    He previously broke down his other options:

    Michigan: “I liked how the coaches want the best for me and everyone has a great relationship with each other all across the basketball program. Their message was that I will be able to play 30-35 minutes a game and be an intricate part of the team’s success. Also they have a good system and a read and react, fast-paced offense.”

    Oregon: “They see me coming in as a point guard right away. 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 a national championship. Also learning from coach Beard is also important.”

    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.

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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.