With a lot of people in the city of Memphis talking about how great Memphis Madness was on Friday night, there were recruits that enjoyed the event as well. Chris Hawkins from Southwest Tennessee Community College committed to Memphis on Saturday night. Another JUCO player followed his lead. Lee College forward Trashon Burrell committed to Memphis on Sunday according to the Commercial Appeal.
Burrell at 6-7, 190-pounds is similar to Will Barton, except he’s stronger. He took a visit to the University of Memphis campus over the weekend and enjoyed every minute of it. He was also considering Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, SMU and others.
This is the first time that Josh Pastner has signed more than one junior college player in one recruiting class. Recruiting is not over just yet as the early signing period begins in November.
“Just the environment got me,” said Burrell. “Memphis Madness is just a practice, but it was like 18,000 people in there. I just loved the support you get from the fans.”
Burrell averaged 14 points and eight rebounds last season at Lee College. He led the school to their first NJCAA tournament appearance. He was the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder. He also led the team in assists with 2.7 assists per game.
Marcus King, Burrell’s coach at Lee, liked the way Memphis used Barton and that grabbed his attention.
“It was that coaching dynamic and style of play,” said King. “They had a player that was similar to him — in that he’s 6-7, and a long, athletic slasher. A lot of times, people don’t know what to do with you. The way they utilized Barton, it was something intriguing to him.”
Brad Winton, the creator of JucoRecruiting.com, mentioned that Burrell will make a quick impact for the Tigers.
“He’s a 6-7 wing who can guard multiple positions,” said Winton, “He’s versatile, can shoot the ball well when he gets warm and explosive. It’s a good addition. He’s definitely a high-major guy and one of the better juco guys in the country. Whenever I’ve seen him, he’s played well.”
The 2014 class now consists of New Orleans guard Dominic Magee, Burrell and Hawkins.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.