Burks back with Thundering Herd after withdrawing from NBA draft

Published 11:38 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

Wilbur Delashmet
Marshall University Sports Information

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s basketball junior guard C.J. Burks announced on Monday afternoon that he will withdraw from the 2018 NBA Draft and will return to the Thundering Herd to complete his collegiate career.
“I’m really happy to come back for my senior year,” Burks said. “Marshall has some of the best fans in the country and the Henderson Center is one of the best environments to play in.
“I’m really excited for what we can do as a team next year and for one last season with Marshall.”
A member of the All-Conference USA second team and two-time C-USA Player of the Week, Burks will return to the Herd after he led the team in field goals (260) and free throw percentage (88.9 percent), while also being one of the leaders in points per game (20.1), made three-pointers (86), three-point field goal percentage (36.4 percent) and made free throws (96).
Through 93 career games, the junior ranks on the program’s all-time list for points (No. 31), field goals (No. 29), 3-pointers (No. 12), three-point field goal percentage (No. 24) and free throw percentage (No. 6).
During the 2017-18 season, Burks also was among the leaders in program history for several single-season records, including 702 points (No. 4), points per game (No. 27), field goals (No. 5), made three-pointers (No. 7) and free throw percentage (No. 3).
The junior was one of 26 players in Division I basketball since 1992-93 to eclipse 700 points, 80 3s and shoot at least 88 percent from the line in the same season.
Burks was also one half of the first Marshall scoring duo to average at least 20 points per game since Hal Greer and Leo Byrd accomplished it in the 1957-58 season.
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