RICHMOND, Va. – The Iron Man of college basketball is taking his skills to Belgium.
Bradford Burgess, the all-time leader in wins at VCU with 108, recently signed a professional contract with the Leuven Bears in Belgium's top division. The Bears' season opener is slated for October 6.
"I'm blessed to have an opportunity to continue my basketball career with a quality organization in a good league," Burgess said. "It took a lot of sacrifice and support from a lot of people, especially my parents and coaches, to get me to this point and I'm truly grateful for everything they've done for me."
Burgess set an all-time NCAA record during his four years at VCU with 146 consecutive starts, passing the likes of Patrick Ewing, Danny Manning and Stacey Augmon. He played in three NCAA Tournaments (2009, 2011, 2012) and was a vital member of the 2011 Final Four squad.
"I'm going to plan on doing what I always have done and that's play my game," Burgess said. "The biggest thing that I've been told is just do what I do to the best of my ability and that's what I'm sticking with, just doing all the little things that my team needs to win."
The Midlothian, Va. native finished his career with the Rams ranked fourth all-time in points with 1,684. He was 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.
Burgess' 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).
With the signing, every VCU upperclassmen (eight in all) that has played under Head Coach Shaka Smart and his staff has inked a professional contract. Dating back to the Rams' win over Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, 14 of 15 upperclassmen have landed pro deals.