One of the top guards in Mid-Michigan became a part of one of the nation’s elite JUCO basketball programs on Thursday. Antuan Burks, a key member of the 2012 state championship team at Flint Beecher, became the first member of the 2012-13 recruiting class at Mott Community College.
Burks will fit the style of hall of fame coach Steve Schmidt perfectly. He gets after it on both ends of the floor and will fit right in to Schmidt’s aggressive defensive schemes.
Burks, a two-sport star at Beecher (he’s great on the gridiron as well), scored a combined 40 points in his team’s two games in the semis and finals this season at Michigan State.
Knowing Mott’s program about as well as anyone, I’m confident he will see a lot of playing time as a freshman based on his toughness alone. I predict Schmidt will love coaching this kid, and vice versa.
Burks’ good fortune will continue at Mott. After spending three seasons playing alongside Monte “Man Man” Morris at Beecher, one of the top high school guards in the Midwest, Burks will have the opportunity play next to Mott’s Ralph Eason, a surefire JUCO All-American.
Beecher finished 28-0 and Mott 35-1 last season.