UPDATE: Burdette signs with Newman University

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore forward William Burdette recently signed with Newman University in Wichita, Kan., and will continue his basketball career with the Jets during the 2009-10 season.

Burdette, a 6-2 forward from New Albany, will get a chance to display his skills at the four-year institution, which participated in its first season as a full-fledged member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II program last year.

Newman University plays in the Heartland Conference where they finished fifth for the 2008-09 season with an overall record of 15-12 (9-7).

Burdette led the Tigers (12-13) in field goal percentage, free throws made/attempted, points, average, steals and minutes played during the 2008-09 campaign. The New Albany High School graduate finished second on the team in the rebounding department pulling down an impressive 146 boards. Burdette averaged 15.4 points per game during and clocked over 700 minutes for the Tigers.

Burdette was selected to play in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Star Basketball Game where he helped lead the North squad to a 136-117 victory scoring 12 points in the game.

Burdette wowed the Tiger crowd with his aerial acrobatics during his career at Northeast. One of his most memorable dunks came against the Itawamba Community College Indians in Fulton, Miss., where Burdette had a monster slam on an unidentified, un-expecting Indian player that brought fans to their feet.

NEMCC Media Relations