PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 21, 2012) – Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer announced the addition of forward Alexis Burke (Bainbridge, Ga.) to the 2012 recruiting class. Burke, a junior transfer from Illinois, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“We are excited to welcome Alexis to our Scarlet Knight family,” said Stringer. “Alexis is a pro-size guard who is very versatile, and has the ability to play both the guard and forward positions. She also has great range and a strong desire to learn. With Alexis’ experience in the Big Ten and under Jolette [Law], she should be light years ahead of understanding parts of our system here at Rutgers. We are optimistic that she will have an immediate impact on our team.”
Burke appeared in 61 games during her two seasons at the University of Illinois. The 5-11 forward played in all 30 games and earned a career-best 12 starts last season. She averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. Burke also collected 12 assists, 12 blocks and 18 steals on the year. She had a breakout game against Clemson, setting a career-high with 26 points in only 20 minutes of action in a 61-50 Illinois win. Burke received the team’s Most Improved Award following her sophomore campaign.
A native of Bainbridge, Ga., Burke was ranked No. 50 nationally and the 11th-best small forward by ESPNU HoopGurlz, following her scholastic career at Bainbridge High School. She was named Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year, first team All-State and Region Player of the Year, leading her squad to a 25-4 record as a senior.
BURKE’S CAREERS STATS (At Illinois)
GP-GS MIN-AVG FG-FGA PCT 3FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT O-D-REB AVG PF AST TO BL STL PTS-AVG
2010-11 31-0 365-11.8 52-141 .369 10-44 .227 27-44 .614 22-30-52 1.7 53 13 32 3 3 141-4.5
2011-12 30-12 538-17.9 84-197 .426 3-13 .231 35-56 .625 39-48-87 2.9 62 12 42 12 18 206-6.9
CAREER 61-12 903-14.8 136-338 .402 13-57 .228 62-100 .620 61-78-139 2.3 115 25 74 15 21 347-5.7
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