In today’s shoot around we take a look at Antwan Burrus. Burrus missed all of the 2012-13 season due to injury, but he should be back and ready to go for his senior season. Prior to being injured, Antwan was set to be the Flames’ leader last season. Jesse Sanders had passed the baton to Burrus following the 2011-12 season, and Antwan was ready to lead. Unfortunately he was injured, and unable to ever get on the court. This hurt the Flames greatly during the season, particularly earlier in the season when Liberty struggled out of the gates to a 1-10 start.
Burrus gives Liberty an inside offensive presence the Flames did not have last season. During the 2011-12 season, Antwan averaged 11.2 points per game on 53% field goal shooting. Both of these numbers are career highs. Sixty percent of all of his field goal attempts came at the rim, and he shot 59% on those attempts. Burrus is also a capable jump shooter as he shot 49% from his 2-point jump shots.
His rebounding totals have increased in each of his 3 seasons, from 4.1 as a freshman to 6.3 his junior season. Burrus has also established himself as one of Liberty’s all-time greats at blocking shots as his 104 career blocks rank 4th all-time in the Liberty annals.
Burrus has played his entire Liberty career at center, when his talent and size would likely be best utilized at the power forward. With the emergence of JR Coronado and Joel Vander Pol, Antwan should be able to slide over to the 4 spot. The inside presence of Burrus to go along with knockdown shooters in Davon Marshall and John Caleb Sanders, should give opposing Big South coaches headaches.