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Former Bainbridge star Burke transfers to Rutgers

Former Bainbridge star Alexis Burke averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds last season at Illinois, but she will finish her college career at Rutgers.

Former Bainbridge star Alexis Burke averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds last season at Illinois, but she will finish her college career at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Former Bainbridge High School star Alexis Burke, who recently completed her second season with Illinois, has transferred to Rutgers University, where she will play for coach C. Vivian Stringer’s Scarlet Knights.

Burke, a former Herald Player of the Year, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

“We are excited to welcome Alexis to our Scarlet Knight family,” Stringer said. “Alexis is a pro-size guard who is very versatile, and has the ability to play both the guard and forward positions. She also has great range and a strong desire to learn. With Alexis’ experience in the Big Ten and under Jolette (Law), she should be light years ahead of understanding parts of our system here at Rutgers. We are optimistic that she will have an immediate impact on our team.”

Burke appeared in 61 games during her two seasons at the University of Illinois. The 5-foot-11 forward played in all 30 games and earned a career-best 12 starts last season. She averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. Burke also collected 12 assists, 12 blocks and 18 steals during the year. She had a breakout game against Clemson, setting a career-high with 26 points in only 20 minutes of action in a 61-50 Illinois win.

Burke received the team’s Most Improved Award following her sophomore campaign.

Burke, the daughter of Grechelle Blocker and the late Charles Burke, played for coach Jolette Law at Illinois.

Law, who was recently fired after five years as Illinois coach, played guard for Stringer at the University of Iowa and was a member of her coaching staff at Rutgers.

Burke played under former Lady Cats head coach Latreisha Moon at Bainbridge, where she was a team captain.

Burke was ranked No. 50 nationally and the 11th-best small forward by ESPNU HoopGurlz, following her scholastic career at Bainbridge. She was named Georgia Class AAAA Player of the Year, first team All-State and Region Player of the Year, leading her squad to a 25-4 record as a senior.