Prospect Spotlight: Joel Burney (2019)

High School

Posted On: 12/6/17 2:20 PM

Last season as a sophomore with Clark, 5-foot-8 point guard Joel Burney helped the team make it to a 4A state title game.

This season, as a junior with an increased role, the goal is to make it back, and win it this time.

We recently caught up with the up-and-coming floor general, and he defined his skill-set to PHNV.

“My strengths as a point guard is just basically getting my teammates open, being a leader on the floor and playing 94 feet. I can see the floor pretty well, and I can hit open shots,” said Burney.

“Something I need to work on is taking care of the ball a little more than what I do now.”

He comes off the bench for a loaded Clark squad, and says bringing energy is a main focus of his this season.

“Some expectations I have for myself are to be an energy guy. We have a lot of high level players on our team, and I want to be a high level player,” said Burney.

“And I just want to be a good teammate and pick guys up. I know everyone doesn’t always have a good game, but I want to be there to pick guys up.”

After finishing runners up last season in 4A, Burney says getting back and winning it all is the main goal for the Chargers this winter.  

“This winter, I just want to help us get back to state,” he said. “And just became a better player both physically and mentally.”

As for his recruitment, he’s hoping that can start up for him this coming offseason.

“My recruitment hasn’t started up at all,” said Burney. I’m hoping to see some come in this spring and summer.”