5-Star Guard Nimari Burnett Discusses Iowa Opportunity

May 8, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

After helping Morgan Park High to an Illinois state championship two years ago, Nimari Burnett headed west. He played the past two seasons at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.

The reputation he began building in the Midwest followed him to the next time zone. His recruitment has steadily risen and recently took off.

Iowa jumped in with the 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard on Wednesday.

“I’ve been hearing from Iowa since the summer of last year,” Burnett told HN. “The offer was kind of a surprise because I haven’t heard from them in a nice amount of time.”

The Hawkeyes joined recent offers from Wake Forest, Michigan, Auburn, UCLA, Arkansas, TCU and Alabama. Those schools followed previous opportunities from Illinois, DePaul, Ohio State, Arizona State, USC and Vanderbilt.

“My relationship with Iowa is good. I see me fitting in nicely with their system. They shoot the leather off the ball, which is also what I like to do. I think they have a great program,” Burnett said.

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Iowa has not played host to him on a visit yet.

“I plan on visiting this fall, hopefully,” he said.

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Burnett enjoyed a AAU strong performance last month in Atlanta, which has led to his rising stock. He earned second-team honors for the event playing for Team WhyNot on the EYBL circuit, averaging 23.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals.

Rivals and 247 rank him as the No. 25 player nationally regardless of position. The former sees him as the seventh best shooting guard in the class, while the latter has him as the No. 2 combo guard.

Burnett is taking his time with the recruiting process. He says he will not sign with a college until next spring.

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“What’s most important is a school that has a good coaching staff, good academic programs, and a system that I can fit in right away and succeed in that can also get me to the next level,” said Burnett, who plans on majoring in Sports Management.

Burnett said he’s not favoring any schools at this time. His recruitment is wide open.

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