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Marshall's final pitch to Jamarius Burton: WSU is reloading, not rebuilding

Jamarius Burton, a 6-foot-5 point guard prospect in the class of 2018, took his official visit to Wichita State earlier this week. He made his choice official on Friday.
Jamarius Burton, a 6-foot-5 point guard prospect in the class of 2018, took his official visit to Wichita State earlier this week. He made his choice official on Friday.

Jamarius Burton is coming off the high of winning a championship, as he led his high school team to a North Carolina state championship in March.

When Burton, a 6-foot-5 point guard prospect in the class of 2018, took his fifth and final official visit to Wichita State on Tuesday and Wednesday, that's what WSU coach Gregg Marshall sold to Burton: come to Wichita and keep winning.

The Shockers are coming off a 25-win season and their seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, but return only 11 percent of their minutes from the team.

"His resume speaks for itself with all of the things he's been able to accomplish there," Burton said. "Coach Marshall is a winner and he has a vision. He told me he doesn't consider this next year a rebuilding year, he considers it a reloading year. For me, I just got done winning a championship and I'm trying to keep winning. So I liked hearing that."

Burton will make his final decision on Friday at 12:40 p.m. in a live stream on YouTube between the Shockers, Butler, Massachusetts, and Temple. Burton is listed as a three-star prospect by recruiting services.

After returning to his home in Charlotte late Wednesday, Burton said he has yet to make up his mind. He said he will sit down and talk with his family on Thursday, sleep on it, then decide on Friday morning.

"I'm going to go where my gut tells me to go," Burton said. "Wherever my gut tells me I'll feel most comfortable at."

WSU has a compelling case to make for Burton, as immediate playing time at the guard position is available even more so following the announcement of Austin Reaves transferring on Thursday.

Burton said another thing that appealed to him about WSU was Marshall's track record of developing underrecruited players into professionals. But the one downside about the Shockers is that they came in late in recruiting Burton compared to other schools.

"I really like coach Marshall, but at the same time I've only been recruited by Wichita State for maybe the last two weeks, three weeks max," Burton said. "It's kind of hard to build a relationship in that small amount of time.

"But what I've learned through this whole process is that you've got to put your trust in somebody and you've got to bet on yourself."

At 6-5, Burton has the length to be effective at the point guard position and the versatility to guard multiple positions on the defensive end. WSU only has Samajae Haynes-Jones returning at point guard with no recruits currently signed as a point guard with recruits Erik Stevenson and Chance Moore capable of playing minutes at shooting guard.

According to his AAU coach on Team Loaded NC, Derrick Wall, Burton would fit right into Marshall's system because of his desire to want to shut down the opponent's best player.

"Anytime we ever played a team that had a kid that was ranked, that's who Jamarius wanted to guard," Wall said. "He can guard four different positions. I had him guarding the four man in some lineups. If our four man was having problems, we'd put Jamarius on him. It didn't matter if he was 6-9. He knows he can guard anybody."

WSU currently has three scholarships available to offer, as Burton could join a recruiting class of six that includes Stevenson, Moore, Dexter Dennis, Morris Udeze, Isaiah Chandler, and Jaime Echenique.

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