Posted On: 06/2/17 6:00 AM
While college recruitment hasn’t quite come for 5’10” score-first point guard Jordan Burton (2019), he’s doing the right things on a daily basis to prepare for that moment. Last season with Toledo Cardinal Stritch, the sophomore was a team captain and integral member to a team that went to the Regional Semifinals in Division III.
“I gained that it’s a hard process and you got to start early. That’s why, as a team, we started early to prepare for that run last season,” Burton explained.
Burton is in an interesting situation at Cardinal Stritch. Underclassmen are leading their emergence as a force to be reckoned with in Northwest Ohio. Burton, along with fellow underclassmen Joey Holifield and Little Anderson, headlined the team last season.
According to Burton, the trio has collectively seized this opportunity to take control of their high school careers.
“I am the captain. But even when I’m messing up, Little and Joey tell me what to do. And if they’re messing up, I tell them what to do. And it’s just back-and-forth continually,” Burton said.
Burton has taken the postseason momentum from the high school season into spring, as he plays with the Ohio Celtics 17U team.
“I’ve been playing tremendously, and I haven’t even been playing my greatest with the 17U. But it’s just been getting easier,” Burton said.
Day-in and day-out, Burton is in a basketball situation that puts him alongside other talented point guards. In turn, he’s coming off-ball in most games. These circumstances have resulted in Burton developing a scoring mentality, despite having the physical profile of a point guard.
“I play like a scoring-point guard that can make the pass when I want to. Like if it’s there, I’m making the pass. But I’m looking for my shot first.”
“I’d say scoring and passing are [my strengths]. My IQ is real good. When I’m coming up the court, I can see things before they happen. But I can shoot the ball,” Burton said. He went on to tell us that most of his scoring happens from beyond the three-point line.
Currently, he carries a 3.0 GPA and plans on taking the ACT in September for the first time.
Scouts and interested observers can catch Cardinal Stritch at Defiance, Siena Heights, and the University of Toledo during June. In the meantime, Burton hopes to develop his athleticism in the weight room, in order to facilitate his overall game.
#10 Jordan Burton
Point Guard Class of 2019
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