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Deonte Burton Making Case for Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Deonte Burton is out to prove something this season.

The Milwaukee Vincent senior and Marquette Golden Eagles recruit has been impressive in just nine games this season. Burton’s latest performance came in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Showcase where he scored 16 points in leading Milwaukee Vincent to a 64-44 victory over Wauwatosa West.

In fact Burton has averaged 20.1 points per game this season, currently eighth best in a very tough Milwaukee City Conference that includes top junior Kevon Looney. Burton has his Milwaukee Vincent team out to an 8-1 as they start to gear up for league play.

Burton played exceptionally well in Vincent’s lone loss to De Pere. In that game Burton scored 37 points as Vincent was defeated 83-76 in overtime. That was Burton’s second game scoring over 30 points as he scored 33 in a win against Whitefish Bay Dominican.

I may be in fact eating my words from earlier this season when I said Onalaska’s four-star guard Matt Thomas is the best in the 2013 class to come out of Wisconsin. Thomas has been putting up exceptional numbers as well, but they way Burton has been playing and the stiff competition that awaits it could very well be Burton on top.

If Burton is able to keep this momentum that he and the Milwaukee Vincent team going, it would be tough not to have Burton in the conversation as top player in Wisconsin. With him playing in a very tough conference, it definitely helps his cause. A deep run in the state tournament or even a state championship wouldn’t hurt either.