Burton Talks 6 Finalists
The 6’6 swingman Tyler Burton recently narrowed his recruiting list down to six schools. After landing a plethora of Division 1 scholarship offers while playing for Marianopolis Prep in the NEPSAC and Mass Rivals on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, Burton has decided to cut his list down to Rhode Island, Richmond, Siena, Quinnipiac, Northeastern, and St. Bonaventure. He has set up official visits at Rhode Island, Richmond, Siena, and Quinnipiac while leaving his 5th official visit up for grabs. He discussed his finalists with NERR.
Burton stated that he loves the campus at Rhode Island, is enamored by the fan support and the atmosphere at their home games. He has an official visit set up with the Rams on October 19th.
When it comes to the University of Richmond, Burton was excited to talk about their beautiful campus and academic prestige. He stated that he wants to study business in college and raved about Richmond’s business program. He plans to go for an official visit with Richmond on September 17th.
“I like that Siena is a small school, and there is a lot of focus on basketball. There are no pro teams in Albany, New York, so they have a lot of fan support from the city.” Burton said when asked about the possibility of choosing Siena. He has an official visit with them September 13th.
Burton stated that Quinnipiac was another school where the business program caught his eye. Quinnipiac was one of the schools who has been recruiting him for the longest amount of time. “Coach Dunleavy and Coach Morris at Quinnipiac have shown me a lot of love. With them being one of my first offers, I have made a strong connection with their coaching staff.” He will take his official visit at Quinnipiac on August 29th.
When it comes to Northeastern, Burton is excited about their academics and their new Athletic Director who he believes will bring more hype to the basketball program. “Northeastern provides an education that would be hard to pass up.”
When asked about St. Bonaventure, Burton raved about the recent success of the program and the way that they develop players. “It is hard to not be interested in St. Bonaventure after the success they have had in the Atlantic 10 conference and making it to the NCAA tournament. Their fan base is fantastic.”
When asked about his development over the years Burton cited his increased confidence as a key factor that helped him get to this point in his career. He credits his father Quinton, Marianapolis Prep, and the Mass Rivals for helping him develop into a division 1 recruit.
“I was an underrated player for a long time and had to face a lot of adversity in my career. Marianapolis Prep believed in me and helped me become a more confident player. Playing for the Mass Rivals taught me how to play harder and gave me an opportunity to play against the top competition in the country.”
Burton has also received advice from some Mass Rivals alumni who have had success at the division 1 level, particularly, Wabissa Bede of Virginia Tech and formerly of Cushing Academy.
“Bede gave me a lot of advice on how to handle myself as a player who is a bit underrated. He is a player that was overlooked and had to outwork everyone to get to where he is.”
With a strong work ethic and good head on his shoulders, it looks like the sky's the limit for Tyler Burton. With six schools remaining on his list, we will now have to wait and see where this talented prospect decides to take his talents for the next four years.