When a player puts up 30 points and 10 rebounds, it’s considered an impressive feat. It’s in the same vein as putting up multiple double-doubles and pacing your team in scoring.
It’s an even more impressive feat when you factor in that it’s being done by a freshman.
That’s the current situation for Clay County’s Briley Burchett, who has been a dominant presence in the post for Head Coach Matthew Walker.
“It’s so hard to move her off the post when she’s so good,” Walker said. “(Against Trousdale County), we used her to ice the game. She had a big post player on her, so we brought her out to the perimeter and had her handle the ball.”
Burchett put up the aforementioned 30-point, 10-rebound double-double against Red Boiling Springs to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a win in overtime. She followed that up with 20 points on Tuesday against Trousdale County.
The best part of her game, Walker says, is that they’ve only just begun to explore using her on the perimeter more.
“She’s got a lot of skill that haven’t been explored a whole lot,” Walker said. “Every game, I’m going to move her out to the perimeter a little more.”
With her only being a freshman, her career trajectory is still hard to predict. With a little time however, Walker believes that she could become a three-level scorer that takes advantage of all her skills.
“Her game still has plenty of room to grow,” Walker said. “She can shoot the three, she can handle the ball and play on the perimeter … I think as her career goes, you’ll see her play on the perimeter and handle the ball versus the press. She’s got a lot of room to grow, and that is scary.”