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Layer Signs Burrus to Men's Hoops NLI

May 18, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dale Layer inked Antwan Burrus to an NLI.

Dale Layer inked Antwan Burrus to an NLI.

Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer announced that Antwan Burrus has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend Liberty University for the 2009-10 academic year.

Burrus (6-6, 210, F, Winterville, N.C.) becomes the third high school senior to ink his name with Liberty since Layer was hired on April 8, joining Patrick Konan and Chris Perez. Joel Vander Pol signed during the November signing period, rounding out the group of signees matriculating in the fall.

"Antwan is an athletic and powerful combination forward," said Layer. "He gives us toughness and an inside and outside presence. We are counting on him to give us a little bit of a bigger body to complement our perimeter game."

Burrus averaged a team-high 22.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game to lead South Central High School to a 23-4 record and the Coastal League Championship. The only senior starter on a team featuring three sophomore starters, Burrus finished runner-up in conference player of the year voting of the 3A/4A Coastal League. Burrus earned all-conference, all district and all-area honors during his junior and senior seasons, while also finishing runner-up in area player of the year voting as a senior.

"Antwan is a very special player who has come a long way in the two years I have coached him," said South Central High School Head Coach Jerry Woodside. "He works in the weight room extremely hard and is really special on the glass, setting himself apart as our best offensive rebounder the past two seasons. He was our captain and did the unselfish things too, which is evident by being third on the team in assists and altering a lot of shots on defense."

Burrus, not only altered shots, but he also blocked a few. The post player finished second on the team in blocks with 2.4 per contest. Woodside also keeps a plus/minus chart and Burrus amassed 1,565 positive points during the year. Such a chart awards positive points for made shots, rebounds, assists, blocks, etc., while such things as missed shots or turnovers warrant negative points.

"Antwan is going to be a very special player for Liberty," reflected Woodside. "I am excited because he will be going to a great school, and I am very proud of his accomplishments."