Boys Basketball: Burdin signs with Kishwaukee College

Rochelle Township High School alum Garrett Burdin will continue his academics and his basketball career at Kishwaukee College next year. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

RTHS alum eager to restart career with Kougars

Former Rochelle student-athlete Garrett Burdin wasn’t ready to walk away from basketball despite taking one year off from the sport. Burdin, who graduated from RTHS last spring and had initially signed with Loras College, will now continue his basketball career with Kishwaukee College. Burdin said he intends to study secondary education and business administration.

“I chose to continue my basketball career at Kishwaukee College because it’s close to home and it allows me the opportunity to be a leader and to grow as a basketball player,” Burdin said. “The desire to lace up the shoes again was my pure motivation to come back after being away for a year. I knew I had a lot more to offer and the burning desire to not sell myself short was my sole reason for coming back. I’m looking forward to competing against some great players.”

Burdin spent four years with the Rochelle Hub basketball program including three years with the varsity team. An Interstate 8 All-Conference First Team honoree during his senior season, Burdin exceeded 1,000 points as a high-schooler, averaging 19.2 points per game and shooting over 37 percent from 3-point range as a senior. At RTHS, Burdin earned Interstate 8 Academic All-Conference honors twice and was also a two-time IHSA Sectional 3-Point Shootout qualifier.

“I’m looking forward to pushing myself to be the best player I can be,” Burdin said. “I hope to bring leadership and a team-first mentality. Playing at RTHS allowed me the opportunity to grow as a player and it taught me to be a leader for my teammates. I hope to take on a leadership and scoring role with Kishwaukee College. We’re a young team with a lot of new players and I hope I can step in and be a leader. I have a chip on my shoulder and I’m ready to work.”

Burdin, who averaged double figures in scoring over each of his three varsity seasons, said he intends to use his education in order to pursue a career as an high school athletic director. Burdin, who played AAU basketball with Fundamental University, will look to help the Kougars improve on their 8-23 overall record and 1-8 conference record during the 2021-22 season.