CONCORDIA, Kansas — Effective and efficient were synonymous with the sophomore season put together by Cloud County Community College power forward, Ramion Burt Jr.
The 6-foot, 8-inch big man out of Albany, New York led the way for the T-Birds this past winter as he averaged a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest, and his performance has earned him the chance to fulfill a dream of playing NCAA Division I basketball as, just before Finals Week, Burt Jr. announced he'd be heading to Fort Wayne; a DI institution in Indiana and member of the Summit League that went 18-15 overall last season.
"It feels great (to be signed). I've been working for a long time and I'm glad I'll be able to put my talents to use at the next level and show an example of how hard work pays off," Burt Jr. said. "I really enjoyed my visit to Fort Wayne. The coaching staff made me feel like I was at home and everything about them is genuine. I think it'll be a great fit."
In a statement released by Fort Wayne's Sports Information Department, Mastodons head coach Jon Coffman said of Burt: "Ramion is a versatile mobile center/forward who was the only player in the Jayhawk, one of the best junior college leagues in the country, to average a double-double. He chose us in large part because of our commitment to player development, and I look forward to watching Ramion attack our process during his career."
Burt Jr. made major strikes in Year Two as a T-Bird. He played in 31 games as a freshman, starting in two of them, and averaged 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game.
His workload grew to 28 minutes per game as a redshirt sophomore, starting in all 27 games he appeared in. He took an average of five more shots per game, but still managed to maintain an appealing 49.8 field goal percentage as Cloud County's go-to scoring option.
Burt Jr. also averaged 2.1 assists per game and had six games where he tallied four assists or more.
"Ray was our No. 1 option, offensively, about every time down the floor. Not only because he was one of our best scorers, but because we felt he was our best decision-maker too," said Cloud County head coach, Jordan Altman. "I think that will really be what leads him to success; his IQ for the game, decision-making under pressure and toughness."