Nimari Burnett is a proven ‘special’ talent according to many and that’s why he was so coveted by many major college programs. Had his final-four of Oregon, Michigan, Alabama and his future program, Texas Tech.
This recruitment included a late push from Memphis’ Penny Hardaway who met with Burnett but nothing ever advanced beyond the in-home visit.
The 6-foot-3 combo-guard has proven his worth over the last few years but things really came to fruition for him when he made his move to Prolific Prep where he’s become a leader and major impact player.
Last season, he scored 35-points against LaMelo Ball to give Spire Institute the team’s first loss of the season. That’s when many realized “this kid is the real deal.” After that game he landed several offers, anywhere from ACC schools all the way to Pac-12 schools.
In the end, the only offer that mattered? Texas Tech.
In an interview with Stockrisers.com in late-September, Burnett said he’d likely announce his college decision in December/January and it wasn’t really that likely that it would change.
Burnett would announce his college commitment on November 13th, a month (possibly two) prior to his scheduled commitment timetable. Many wonder, what was so intriguing about Texas Tech that he moved it up.
“Coach Beard and Ulric [Maligi] helped change my commitment period to become earlier by being real. They have a vision and a plan for me and they want to execute that plan. They want to win, they are proven to win and they produce pros which is ultimately one of my goals. The culture is unreal there and they are as real as it gets.”
By committing to the Red Raiders, he’d become the programs highest-ranked recruit of all-time. For Burnett it was all about finding a place that will develop him into the best player possible, he found that with Chris Beard’s program.
“Texas Tech is a program on the rise because they produce pros, win at the highest level, the player development is second to none, and the culture is exceptional. Everything about it, is real.”
It is indeed real as TTU has sent several players to the league including Jarrett Culver who was picked in the lottery in the 2019 NBA Draft. The expectation is for Jahmius Ramsey, former Top-40 recruit of the 2019 class, to be chosen in the first-round of next year’s draft.
Burnett has himself Micah Peavy and Chibuzo Agbo joining him in that 2020 class. Both are considered Top-100 prospects and the Red Raiders still have other options for this class that they’re searching at.
While the staff recruits, the future players do as well. Burnett says that he’s been in touch with two recruits on the possibility of thinking about TTU. Among those? five-star junior Jaden Hardy who’s one of the nation’s most polished scorers. Burnett tells Stockrisers.com that he talked to Hardy recently.
In addition, Burnett says that he’s also talked to Skyy Clark. One 2022’s best prospects regardless of position. The two have known each other for quite sometime and I expect Burnett to remain on him.