May 27, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorParis Burns will don the orange and black for the Rustler men this fall.
Chicago high school basketball standout Paris Burns is headed for Central Wyoming College to play for the Rustlers in 2012-13.
Burns, listed at 5-foot-10, signed his national letter of intent last week for head coach Curtis Condie.
In Chicago, Burns played for Proviso East High School in 2011-12. Proviso East finished the season pilling up a 32-1 record and made the Class 4-A Illinois state championship game, losing to Simeon High School.
"Coach Condie is a great guy," Burns said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. "I know his background, and I know what he is about. I know if I come there, he will make me a better player."
Burns averaged 15 points per game for Proviso and dished out five assists.
"My speed and my defense make my game," Burns said. "I play defense very good. That is how I get my offense going."
Burns has never been to Wyoming before, but that will change in August.
"I'm looking forward to getting down with coach Condie to experience a new environment," Burns said.
Condie likes the idea of Burns playing at a traditionally powerhouse program in Proviso East.
"The biggest thing is that Paris is a winner at a big-time program," Condie said. "There have been some big-time players come out of Proviso East. This is a national program."
Current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers played his high school basketball at Proviso East.
"The thing that everybody told me about Paris is that he defends very well," Condie said.
Burns said his outside game will be a focus at CWC.
"Everything else is going to fall into place," Burns said.
High school background
Burns played for former NBA player Donnie Boyce at Proviso East.
After playing college basketball at University of Colorado, Boyce was drafted in the NBA in the second round by the Phoenix Suns. Boyce played two seasons for the Suns and averaged 2.6 points per game.
"It was great playing for coach Boyce," Burns said. "It was fun playing for those guys and very exciting. It was a good stretch for my senior year. It was very exciting watching the whole process."
In the Class 4-A state championship game, Sterling Brown hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to put Proviso East down by two points, but Simeon escaped 50-48.
"Sterling is a great guy," Burns said. "He is a very exciting player. He dunks on everybody. He ran the wing for us. He rebounded well. He had a lot of big plays this season. It was very fun playing with him this year."
Brown is a junior at Proviso East.
"Sterling is going to be one of the top players in the nation next year," Burns said.
Brown is the younger brother of current Phoenix Suns player Shannon Brown.
"It was a very close state championship game," Burns said.
Simeon finished the season at 33-1. Simeon has 6-foot-8 junior center Jabari Parker pulling in the rebounds.
Parker was recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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