There may not be another high school basketball player in the state who helped himself as much in his senior season as Marcus Burk.
The 6-3 Franklin Central guard averaged 25.3 points and shot 41 percent from the 3-point line (91-for-224) to lead the Flashes to an 18-7 record and sectional title. He was named first team Super Team earlier this week and to the IBCA’s Senior Supreme 15 all-state team.
Burk’s recruitment, which was mostly NAIA interest, took a considerable jump. He received a Division I offer from Campbell University and is also considering Division I Maine and Division II Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.), King (Tenn.) and Saginaw Valley State (Mich.).
“It was a great season,” Burk said. “Because I was a good player on a pretty good team, it brought in a lot more interest.”
Burk will take an official visit to Campbell this weekend. The Big South Conference program, located in Buies Creek, N.C., was 12-18 last season.
“The coaches feel like I can make an impact if I decide to go there,” he said. “I’ll meet the players (Friday) and hopefully learn more about it. They offered me about three weeks before the regional and then the head coach (Kevin McGeehan) came and watched.”
Franklin Central lost the regional in dramatic fashion in Seymour, 81-80 to Evansville Reitz. Burk had 36 points and shot 8-for-13 from the 3-point line, but it wasn’t quite enough. Franklin Central led by 26 points before Reitz rallied in the second half.
“I watch it almost every day,” Burk said of the regional loss.
If all goes well at Campbell, Burk said he could commit as early as next week. He could also take visits to Maine, Lincoln Memorial and King later this month.
Burk said he’s aware of the rising number of transfers, which is part of the reason he’s waited to commit.
“That’s exactly why I’ve waited this long,” he said. “I’m not looking to transfer or anything. I want to be loyal to that team.”
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