The Marquette Tribune reported on Friday night that Brewster Academy (N.H.) small forward and Milwaukee nativeDeonte Burton verbally committed to his hometown Marquette for the 2013-14 season.
Burton chose the Golden Eagles over Illinois, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Memphis. He is the first recruit for Williams and his staff in the 2013 class.
Although he saw limited time for the Bobcats last season, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Burton is ranked the No. 36 overall player in the Class of 2013, and the No. 11 small forward.
The four-star recruit, who transferred into Brewster in August 2010 from Milwaukee's Vincent High, currently has the following evaluation from Scouts Inc.:
Deonta is a strong and athletic wing. The lefty is explosive and tends to hunt dunks on the offensive end. He is a slasher that is devastating in transition. He is a streaky shooter with range to about 17 feet. Most of his points come inside 10 feet as he is too strong and athletic to keep out of the paint. Burton plays above the rim and is an excellent rebounder for his position.
Deonta is a streaky shooter that needs to improve his accuracy and range. The main part of his game is the dunk and that needs to change over time. Burton is very left handed and needs to improve his game using his off hand. He needs to improve defensively but is strong and athletic and should improve as his game matures. Basically, he needs more versatility to his game.
Burton is one of the most powerful and explosive players in the 2013 class. He's a very good prospect that simply needs to improve his skill base in order to realize his enormous potential.