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Notre Dame G Markus Burton Declares for NBA Draft

April 11, 2024

Notre Dame guard Markus Burton has officially declared for the 2024 NBA Draft. 

It’s a move that’s hardly surprising following a freshman season that saw him averaged 17.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 4.3 apg on his way to being named ACC Rookie of the Year. 

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve looked for ways to better my game for my sophomore year,” Burton said in a statement. “While maintaining my eligibility at Notre Dame, I will enter my name into the NBA Draft. The valuable feedback I will receive from this experience will pay dividends on and off the court.” 

Burton is taking advantage of a great rule between the NBA and NCAA that allows players to compete in NBA Draft workouts and get feedback while still keeping collegiate eligibility. The most recent Notre Dame player to take advantage of this was Nate Laszewski as he went through the draft process and workouts before deciding to return for his fifth season. 

If Burton does opt to pursue a professional career, he would be just the second one-and-done in Notre Dame history following fellow Michiana native Blake Wesley, who is with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Yet Burton’s statement says it all.

He’s looking for ways to better his game before his sophomore season. The NBA Draft process will allow Burton to know where the holes in his game are and gain experience for when his time at Notre Dame is complete. 

The Mishawaka native scored 20 or more points 11 times this year and dropped a career-high 31 points on Wake Forest in February. In two ACC Tournament games, Burton scored 21 in each game while also adding 11 total assists. 

Burton will have until May 29th to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft. 

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