As Blackhawk Christian transitions from a state championship season and moves up to Class 2A, they will be putting a lot of faith in the hands of junior Zane Burke, who will continue to fill a big role as the team’s second returning scorer but will also take over at the team’s point guard.
Burke is a quality scorer who knows how to pick and choose his spots on the floor and his moment in games. He has a quick first step and is good getting into the lane around picks, which makes him a dual threat in a pick and roll situation. While his shooting touch helped the Braves on more than one occasion, his runner over the length of almost any defender is just as important. He is a confident shooter, gets his shot up almost at will and can spot up or step into his jumper. He will make the transition from shooting guard to point guard this year, but he is still more of a smart decision making combo than a true point guard, but that has been the prototype for the Braves the last two years with Michael Pulver and Jalan Mull.
Like both Mull and Pulver, look for Burke to put a lot of pressure on opposing guards on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he is going to have to fill a big role but is more than capable because he is fearless but with great control in the process. Burke’s pace is impressive and his chance of speed catches defenders off guard. He scored 20 or more points on six occasions last season including 29 against Woodlan and 20 in a win over co-SAC champion Northrop. Defensively, Burke is physical enough to contain penetration and absorb contact as well as contest pull up shots because he has a decent reach for his size.
“Zane is what a coach dreams about in terms of a self-motivated player. He has a huge motor and is a great leader. We will look to him to be our floor general this season,” Blackhawk Christian Marc Davidson says.