Craig's Burns accepts Division II scholarship offer
Concordia is an NCAA Division II school with an enrollment of 1,900.
“They see me stepping in kind of early,” said Burns, who is 6-foot-6, 215 pounds. “The team will be losing a couple of seniors.’’
Concordia had a 21-8 record last season for the most wins in school history and went 13-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference under first-year coach Kelly Boe.
That conference includes Winona State, which won the Division II national championship two years ago with former Madison La Follette standouts Quincy Henderson and Jonte Flowers, then had a 56-game winning streak snapped in last season’s title game.
Burns plays forward and guard for Craig, and he may fill the same roles at Concordia.
“The coaches said I can step in and prove myself,” Burns said. “I’ll probably play at guard or wing.’’
Burns also visited UW-La Crosse and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., but he preferred Concordia.
“I like the school, and I got along with (the players) real well,” Burns said. “I think it’s going to be a good fit for me.’’
Burns was Craig’s leading scorer the last two seasons. He averaged 16.2 points a game last season, scoring 372 points as the Cougars reached the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals.
Also last season, Burns made 36.7 percent of his three-point shots (55-150) and was a 40.9 percent two-point shooter (63-154). He made 80.2 percent of his free throws (81-101).
Burns also was Craig’s leading rebounder last season, averaging seven per game en route to 160 for the season. He transferred to Craig from Milton High School after his freshman season.
The Cougars are picked to contend for the Big Eight this season after going 12-4 in the conference and 15-8 overall last year.