NEWBERRY — Newberry College has signed 6-foot-3 Australian guard Hamish Burns for the 2014-15 basketball season.
“Hamish comes to us with a wealth of experience playing against some of the top players in Australia over the past four years,” said Dave Davis, men’s basketball head coach.. “He is aggressive, hard-nosed and can really score the basketball. He plays the game as it should be played — with recklessness. The Newberry basketball program is on the rise and Hamish Burns is an excellent example of this.”
Burns led Concordia College to five School South Australia State Championships and is a three-time MVP. Burns was named team captain during his senior year while averaging 30 points per game, eight rebounds and five assists.
During play at the Australian School National Championships, Burns averaged 27 points, three assists and four rebounds per game. During the same tournament, Burns posted 27 points in three quarters of play against Lake Ginni, a team led by the fifth overall draft pick of the 2014 NBA draft, Dante Exum.
At the age of 15, Burns became the youngest player to participate in the Central Australian Basketball league as a member of the Sturt Sabres. During his time with the Sabres, he won two Club Championships, was their leading scorer and earned MVP honors in the grand final game of the Melbourne Easter Classic. He is ranked as the 17th best player in the Class of 2014 of Australian High School National Rankings – a list that has several players who have signed Division I scholarships.