“I feel like I’m doing that a lot better this year,” he said.
“He’s really taken a leadership role on the team,” Kanaskie added. “He kind of leads our guys. How he goes is kind of how the team goes.”
Burns laid out what he considers to be the blueprint Ottumwa needs to follow to be successful for the rest of its season.
“We have to get more stops and play as a team on offense and defense and everyone will have to play their role on the team,” Burns said.
The junior star’s goal this season is to help his team advance to the state tournament. He said the Bulldogs will get an extra boost when Nic Young, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Illinois, becomes eligible to play in mid-January. The transfer rule requires players to sit out 90 days before they’re eligible to play for their new team.
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