RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Bradford Burgess of the VCU men's basketball team has been granted an opportunity that many student-athletes don't get, a chance to put on their uniform a couple more times before their time in college is over.
Burgess has been invited to participate in two of the many Final Four festivities going on this week. The Midlothian, Va. native will first take part in the ESPN College Three-Point Championships on Thursday evening. He will also be a member of the West squad in the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Reese's All-Star Game on Friday afternoon.
"I'm excited to get another opportunity to put on the VCU uniform again and hopefully have some fun down there," Burgess said. "Being a part of Final Four week is always special and to get this opportunity two years in a row is something that not a lot of players get a chance to do. I'm really appreciative of getting an invitation to both of these events."
The ESPN Three-Point Championships will take place at Tulane's Fogelman Arena and will air on ESPN from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Thursday evening. The All-Star game is slated for Friday at the New Orleans SuperDome after open practices of the Final Four teams. Tip off for that game is set for 4:35 p.m.
Burgess has already etched his name in the NCAA record books with 146 consecutive starts to become "the Iron Man of College Basketball." He passed basketball legends Patrick Ewing (142) and Danny Manning (141) en route to the historic achievement.
He finished his VCU career ranked fourth all-time in points with 1,684. He is just the third player in school history to score 1,600 points, grab 700 rebounds and dish out 200 assists, joining only Kendrick Warren and Charles Wilkins.
His name sits in the top-10 in career points (fourth – 1,684), three-pointers made (second – 231), three-point field goal pct. (seventh - .397), free throws made (fourth – 343), rebounds (eighth – 734), steals (ninth – 146) and minutes played (first – 4,572).
Burgess departs Wednesday morning to join his West squad in New Orleans for a few days of practice.