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5-Star Class of 2020 Guard Nimari Burnett Talks About Team USA Basketball Experience and High School

Updated: Jun 20, 2019

Class of 2020 guard Nimari Burnett was able to participate in the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team Training Camp.

“It was an honor being apart of the USA U19 experience,” Burnett said. “Especially being 17 years old and being one of the youngest players there. I met a lot of good guys who are talented and I enjoyed my time there.”

Although Burnett did not make the finalists team, he learned a lot from this experience and will be back.

“It helped me become mentally stronger and helped me to being able to stay positive through any circumstance and never get too high or too low,” Burnett said when asked how the experience helped him.

The 6’3 guard is from Chicago, Illinois and takes pride in being able to represent his hometown with basketball.

“It means a lot to represent Chicago,” Burnett said. “Not a lot of people make it out of Chicago as a successful human being and I’m proud to be one of those who can be successful coming out of Chicago.”

As a freshman, Burnett attended Morgan Park and was a standout on varsity. But after his freshman season, he decided to transfer to Prolific Prep in Napa, California.

With Prolific Prep, Burnett has had lots of success. This past season Burnett led Prolific Prep to The Grind Session National Championship Semi Finals. He averaged 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 28 minutes per game as a junior.

He will be joined by his AAU teammate Jalen Green this season on Prolific Prep. Green is also at the USA Men’s Basketball U19 Training Camp. Burnett and Green have lots of chemistry and could use that to an advantage.

“It’s been good playing with Jalen,” Burnett said. “He’s a very good, high IQ, and unselfish player with a good personality. Once you have that, you can coexist with anyone and playing with him has been fun. For the school season at Prolific, we’re going to be adjusted to playing with each other already which will only make us a better duo as the year approaches.”

Nimari Burnett will be committing some time during his senior year.

Burnett has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Arizona, Auburn, Indiana, Marquette, UCLA, Stanford, Texas A&M, and many more. The recruitment has been pretty even for him.

“There are no standouts, the recruitment is all pretty even as of now. A lot of schools are recruiting me hard,” Burnett said.

Wherever Burnett decides to go, he will make an immediate impact.

Garrett Ellwood/USA Basketball

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