RICHMOND, Va. – Millions of people each year travel to Orlando, Fla. to the place that claims its "Where Dreams Come True."
Senior Bradford Burgess of the VCU men's basketball team is headed to Orlando to try and make his dreams come true, but he's not headed to Disneyworld, he's headed to join the Orlando Magic Summer League team.
Burgess, a four-year starter and NCAA record holder for the most consecutive starts made (146), signed on to join the Magic's Summer League squad for the upcoming eight-team, Orlando Summer League, which is set to begin July 9.
"I'm really grateful and appreciative for the opportunity that the Magic are giving to showcase my skills," Burgess said. "Not a lot of people get these chances, so I just want to go down there and do everything that I can to show that I can play at that the NBA level."
The Midlothian, Va. native 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).
"I just want to go down there and do all the little things that not everyone wants to do, rebound, defend, hustle for loose balls, anything that will separate me from the crowd," Burgess said.
Burgess heads to Orlando on Wednesday, July 4 to start practice with the summer league team, which also has former University of Richmond players Justin Harper and Kevin Anderson on the roster.