It didn’t take long for the Penn (Ind.) 2023 point guard Marcus Burton to find out where he wanted to commit like the native of Mishawaka committed to Notre-Dame.
“I’m a hometown kid and Notre Dame is only 10 minutes from me,” Burton told Irish Sports Daily earlier in the week. “It’s a top school playing in the ACC and they’re going to play the best competition night after night.”
Burton chose the Fighting Irish just three days after Mike Brey proposed to him during a campus visit.
“He basically told me what a good player I was,” Burton said after being offered by the Irish. He wanted to wait to see me play against better competition.
Brey had the chance to do just that, when he watched Burton at Peach Jam earlier this month.
“He saw me and fell in love with my game,” Burton said. “He said he really liked the way I played against top players.”
The 5-foot-10 guard exploded this summer as he dominated the AAU Tour for Mac Irvin Fire after a massive junior season.
Burton knows Demetrius Jackson and Blake Wesley, South Bend natives and former Irish stars, as well as JR Konieczny, another notable local player and current Irishman. In fact, he spoke with Jackson and Wesley the day he was proposed.
“I think it’s cool to know that Notre Dame still has a history with the South Bend guys, the hometown guys,” he said. “I think it’s just a cool thing that they got me and they got Demetrius and Blake and JR and all those kids.”
In 2021-22, Burton took the Northern Indiana Conference (NIC) by storm averaging 27.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game. Burton set a season-high Penn lead with 734 points and now sits third all-time with 1,364 points.
Burton is the eighth player in Penn history to break the 1,000 point mark and will now chase Noah Applegate’s career scoring high (2015-2019) of 1,702 points.
For his efforts, Burton was named NIC Most Valuable Player last season.
Stay tuned for more about Burton’s commitment to Notre Dame as ISD is onsite at Penn High School.
Offers: Appalachian State, Ball State, Bethel, Drake, UIC, Miami (OH), Missouri State, Notre Dame, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Southern Indiana and Western Michigan
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