By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
SHAMAR Burrows signed his letter of intent to join the Dalhousie Tigers last November and Tigers head coach Rick Plato is already looking forward to what the combo guard can bring to the programme.
"Shamar is a dynamic and versatile player who will bring maturity, athleticism and a multi-talented skill set that will add depth and scoring punch to next year's roster," says Plato on the Tigers' athletic website.
"We are fortunate to have a player who can be effective at both ends of the court. As someone who can play multiple positions, he will be counted upon to make a big impact for us."
Burrows transfers to Dalhousie after his first season of collegiate basketball with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
"The moment I arrived at Dalhousie, I felt at home on the campus and the basketball court," says Burrows. "The feeling of culture, diversity and fellowship is what really separated Dalhousie from everywhere else. I am looking forward to furthering my academic and athletic career at Dalhousie and I know that with hard work and dedication, we will achieve great heights as a programme."
Burrows stepped into a lead role for the Golden Hawks and was awarded the team's Rookie of the Year for his performance over the season.
Despite a standout year where he averaged 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals, Burrows said he chose to pursue a better opportunity with a new programme.
"My coaches, parents and I came to the decision that I wanted to go in a different direction with a new university. I went out and did my research, coaches were contacting me, Dalhousie was one of the schools I went to and I had a great time, great visit it was a great experience with the team and the coaching staff," Burrows said. "I was able to get into my programme, majoring in economics with a minor in commerce. I had colleges and universities all across Canada contacting me and I was happy for that because I had options, but I knew what I was looking for and I was able to find that at Dalhousie."
The 6'3", 200-pound guard said he intends to improve his game as he sits out this season due to transfer rules but looks to become a perfect fit into the Tigers' system.
The dynamic point guard committed to Wilfred Laurier out of Ridley College in Ontario, Canada where he led the programme to an unprecedented nationally ranked status.
Burrows helped the Tigers to highlight their season by claiming the Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association championship and ended an impressive run of success by the St Michael's College Blue.
He also helped lead the talented Tigers team to several tournaments wins in his senior season including the Dorland Tournament, Standard Tournament, CAIS Championship, The Can-Am Shootout and the Crusader Classic hosted in Grand Bahama over the winter holiday.
NPA Director, Geno Bullard, has coached Burrows since the primary school level and said his development as a person and a player makes him a model student-athlete who has charted a path for others to follow.
"His growth has been amazing to me. To see where he's at right now, to be in full control of himself as a businessman and to be able to take his career into his own hands has truly been a blessing. He has done tremendous things at NPA, tremendous things at Ridley College and in his year at Laurier. He has put in the necessary steps coaches are looking for so for any coach scouting him they have no doubt of what he can bring to their programme because of the great reviews he has had at every step of his career," he said. "This is the type of student-athlete we should be promoting. He carries himself well, his grade point average is well above 3.0 and we should show athletes like him as an example of what future student-athletes should be trying to emulate."
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dalhousie University is a member of the Atlantic University Sport, a collegiate athletic conference for universities in the region. The AUS, which covers Canada east of Quebec is one of four such bodies that are members of the country's governing body for university athletics, U Sports. The other three regional associations coordinating university-level sports in Canada are Ontario University Athletics (OUA), the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA), and Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).