Stephen Burke spent most of last season sidelined with an injury.
So the Yorktown senior had to make up for lost time over the summer in order to land a spot with a collegiate program.
Burke managed to do just that. He has given a verbal commitment to join Division II national champion C.W. Post.
Here’s a Q&A with Stephen on his decision:
What schools did you visit and what were your final list of schools down to?
This past season I was injured and missed the majority of it. So, this summer I attended Top 205 in Maryland, Peak 200 at Springfield and the Moonlight Section 1 All-Star Showcase at John Jay. I also played for the Hudson Valley New York State Shootout team and the Yorktown Ballers.
Playing in all of these I had to stand out to make up for the missed season. I got many letters from different schools and narrowed my list down to C.W. Post, Salisbury, Western New England College and Eastern Connecticut State University. I visited all four of these during the summer.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend C.W. Post?
C.W. Post had everything that I wanted academically and I loved the campus when I visited. Also (head) coach John Jez and (assistant) coach Frank Vitolo are known as great coaches and great people. I could definitely see myself playing for them throughout college. Also they won the national championship this past year.
Do you know Mahopac’s Okie Bernabo, who has also committed to C.W. Post?
Yes. I know Okie and he is a great player. I played with him while I was younger at camps along with playing with him on the Hudson Valley U-13 team.
How do you see yourself contributing to the program?
I feel that my strong stick skills and knowledge of the game will strongly benefit the defensive unit at C.W. Post.
How would you describe your style of play for someone who has never seen you play?
I have very strong stick skills, I play aggressively and play smart team defense. I also love to bring the ball up the field.
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