Nimari Burnett's Recruitment Heats Up, Kentucky Latest To Get Involved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Nimari Burnett showcased himself in front of a who’s who of college coaches this past weekend at the Nike EYBL stop here as his recruitment continues to take off.

Kentucky coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne sat courtside Sunday to watch the 6-foot-3 Burnett from Team Why Not, while Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski and coaches from USC, Arizona, and Arizona State were also on hand.

“[Kentucky] saw me before my third game, which was at 8 o’clock [Sunday] morning,” said Burnett, who boasts a 3.7 GPA at Prolific Prep Academy in Napa, California, and averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. “And the assistant coach [Payne] said he really liked me. He never told me he was going to be at this game, so I was excited to see him."

Burnett hasn’t yet received a Kentucky offer but would love to add one to his list

“Oh, of course, that would be big time,” he said. 

The 6-foot-3 Burnett said he would “definitely” like to visit Kentucky at some point.

The Wildcats will be loaded in the backcourt during the 2019-20 season with Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, and Immanuel Quickley, but are already looking ahead to 2020 and beyond.

“Coach Cal, I heard he’s a coach that gets on you and he just wants the best for you,” Burnett said. “He’s going to push to be the best you can be.”

Burnett, who will team up with incoming Prolific Prep guard Jalen Green next season, also listed USC, Marquette, Arizona, Arizona State, and Stanford among those working the hardest. He has visited USC and Stanford.

“USC, they see me coming in right away and playing, and being a big part of a team that’s going to be successful,” Burnett said. “They could make a Final Four run.”

As for Stanford, he said, “Education plays a huge part of it. They saw me play as a freshman as well and [they think] I can get the team to the next level.”

Arizona State had head coach Bobby Hurley and assistant Rashon Burno on the scene this weekend, while Arizona had assistants Justin Gainey and Danny Peters courtside Sunday.

“[Arizona State], they see me coming in and playing right away,” Burnett said. "They see me being a huge part of the team with a big role and being able to lead the team to a Final Four.”

Arizona has a similar message.

“They see me playing with a good group of guys,” he said.

Incoming Arizona freshmen guards Nico Mannion and Josh Green are both projected first-round picks in 2019, so Burnett could come in and fill their spots.

“That’s what they mentioned to me,” he said. 

As for a decision timeframe, it won’t be until early 2020

“I’m not 100 percent but I see me committing either February or March of next year,” he said.


Adam Zagoria is a basketball Insider who runs ZAGSBLOG.com and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.

Makur Maker Taking A New Path, Hoping To Set HBCU Trend

Makur Maker became the first five-star recruit to commit to an HBCU.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok Collect NBA G League Honors

Former Colonial Athletic Association standouts Jarrell Brantley (College of Charleston) and Devontae Cacok (UNCW) were each named to the All-NBA G League First-Team and the G League’s All-Rookie Team, the league announced on Friday.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Euroleague Announces 2020-21 Season

null

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

In May, it was announced that the Euroleague and Eurocup seasons would be cancelled. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

CAA Announces All Teams Will Compete In 2020-21 Conference Tournaments

The Colonial Athletic Association will provide every team in every sport the opportunity to participate in their respective conference tournaments during the 2020‐21 season as the league announced its championships schedule on Tuesday.

We Stand With You

The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

2019-20 EuroLeague and EuroCup Seasons Cancelled

The Euroleague Commercial Assets Shareholders Executive Board met remotely on Monday, May 25, for the fourth time since the season was suspended on March 12 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Youth Sports Leaders Form PLAY Sports Coalition

400+ youth sports leaders join forces to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to support young athletes through COVID-19.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

PacWest & FloSports Announce 3-Year Partnership

null

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

FloSports Acquires Streaming Rights To Complete Basketball and Volleyball Seasons Across The Conference’s 11 Member Institutions In California And Hawaii 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

2020 Cayman Islands Classic Returns To FloHoops For Second Year In A Row

FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, and Caymax Sports Ltd. announced that the 2020 Cayman Islands Classic will once again return to FloSports for the second consecutive year and third year overall. The highly regarded preseason tournament will be broadcast on FloHoops November 23-25 and will showcase all 12-games across the three-day event.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

COVID-19 Might End The Age Of Skyrocketing NCAA Expense Sheets

Ten billion, three hundred fifty-seven million, one hundred forty-nine thousand, fifty-one dollars. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In