Davenport University just scored one of the hidden gems of the JUCO circuit. Mott’s Sam Burton, a 6-3 guard from Detroit, has officially signed with the Panthers.
Burton’s basketball future was in question after an ugly knee injury sidelined him for the bulk of the Bears’ run at a national champion last March (Mott finished as the national runner-up). A lot of folks chalked up the team’s inability to earn the school’s fourth national title to Burton’s absence. He was, after all, a high-impact player for Mott for two seasons.
Burton was injured early in the tournament run, tried to play, but ultimately the injury was too serious. His knee was surgically repaired earlier this year and he continues his therapy regimen.
Burton is a slinky guard with tremendous explosion to the basket. He’s a great finisher and about as gritty as I’ve seen at the position. If Burton makes a full recovery, he’ll be something special at this level.