VCU to retire Burgess's jersey

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU will retire Bradford Burgess's jersey prior to its February 21 game against Massachusetts at the Siegel Center.

Burgess, who scored 1,684 points in a VCU uniform and helped lead the Rams to the 2011 Final Four, will join an elite club. He will become, along with Eric Maynor, Gerald Henderson, Calvin Duncan and Kendrick Warren, just the fifth former men's basketball player to see his jersey hung from the Siegel Center rafters.

A Midlothian native and star at Benedictine High School, Burgess started all 146 games of his VCU career to set an NCAA record, a mark he now shares with Syracuse' Brandon Triche. He joined Michael Brown (1982-86) as just the second four-year player in program history to start every game of his career.

Burgess was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams. He averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 59 percent (17-of-29) from 3-point range during VCU's magical Final Four run to earn a spot on the 2011 All-Southwest Regional Team. The Rams won 108 games during his career, the second-most during any four-year period in school history.

He is fourth on VCU's all-time scoring and third in 3-pointers made with 231. Burgess, along with Warren and Charles Wilkins, is one of three players in program history to score over 1,600 points, grab more than 700 rebounds and dish out over 200 assists.

The ceremony will take place prior to tipoff, which is set for noon.

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