Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quotes on UCSB Freshman Justin Burks, from Coach Kyle Hageness

Gaucho Hoops ("GH"):  Coach Hageness, any chance I could get some quotes from you on Justin Burks?  Much appreciated.

Kyle Hageness ("KH"):  Happy to help.

GH:  I'm looking for overall comments on him as a person, on the court as a player, and off the court as a kid and student.

KH:  Justin Burks is a humble superstar talent.  In high school he was able to do everything for us within the context of our game plan, and without forcing opportunities, put 30 points and 10 rebounds in the stat sheet.  Off the court, Justin willingly volunteered to read to pre-school children on multiple occasions, took part in our at-risk elementary school mentor program, and helped collect donations for less fortunate members of our community over the holidays.  Justin really is the whole package, and it was a pleasure to coach him.

GH:  Specific questions might include his strengths and things he needs to work on with his defense and offense.

KH:  Justin Burks' all-around game is solid and he comes to play every night.  He is a true team player whose main concern isn't his stat line.  At the collegiate level, I believe he will need to work in the weight room to get his overall strength to equal his talent level.  

GH:  What makes him special as a player?

KH:  Justin can do everything.  He can bring the ball up the floor, take his man off the dribble, or go to work on the block.  Justin Burks is a special athlete that has the rare combination of outside shooting touch and athletic ability.  

GH:  Thanks again!

KH:  Anything else I can do to help, please let me know.  

Kyle Hageness

Science Teacher

Arbor View High School

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