Kevin Burleson
School Year:
6-3 / 185
Seattle, Wash.
Position: G
Old School:
O'Dea HS

Bio information:
A combo guard that played his most significant minutes at the point guard position last season • can take the ball to the goal or shoot the three • team leader who creates scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Milestones: Is seventh in school history with 280 career assists • had the fourth-most assists in a season in 2001-02 in school history with 146 • currently fifth in school history with 111 career three-pointers and fourth with 337 three-point attempts • scored his 600th career point at Penn State on Feb. 23 • recorded his 200th career assist at Illinois (1/2/02) • has scored in double figures in 23 games in his career.

2001-02 (Jr) Played in all 31 games, started 19 • led the team in assists (146), assist-to-turnover ratio (146/58) and was second on the team in steals (43) • finished second overall in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.52) • was fourth in the Big Ten in all games with 146 assists • ranked 11th in steals with 1.39 per game • in Big Ten games only, he finished fifth in the league in assists (68), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (68/31/2.19) and 12th in steals (1.25) • had 16 points, was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and had two steals vs. Penn State in Big Ten Tournament (3/7) • had six points, six assists and a season-high five steals at Penn State (2/23) • dished out nine assists to go along with six points, two blocks and two steals vs. Ohio State (1/26) • had six points, eight assists and a season-high four rebounds at Michigan (1/19) • scored a career-high 24 points, on 7-of-13 shooting, with five assists and a steal at Purdue (1/12) • scored 19 points (16 in the second half), grabbed three boards, dished out four assists and registered a block vs. Michigan (1/9) • dished out eight assists to go along with five points and a steal vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore • had 10 points, six assists and four steals vs. UT-Pan American in 30 minutes of action • scored six points and added eight assists vs. Eastern Washington • had a career-high 11 assists against just one turnover vs. UNC-Asheville • it was the most assists by a Gopher since J.B. Bickerstaff had 10 on Nov. 24, 2000, at Hawaii-Pacific • first player to record more than 10 assists since Arriel McDonald dished 13 assists against Iowa on March 5, 1994 (game went to triple overtime) • 11 assists rank in a tie for the sixth-best game total in school history.

2000-01 (So): Played in 31 games, starting the last 10 • pulled down a season-high six rebounds vs. Tulsa (3/19/01) • scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead the Gophers over Villanova (3/14/01) in the first round of the NIT • nabbed a career-high six steals at Indiana (2/28/01) • the six steals is the fifth-best mark in a single game in school history • scored 14 points, hitting four threes, in loss to Wisconsin (2/21/01) • scored 16 points in loss to Michigan State (2/10/01) • scored nine points in his first start of the season in road win over Northwestern (2/6/01) • did not play against Iowa (1/24/01) and played only two minutes in loss to Purdue (1/27/01) due to an ankle injury suffered in win over Indiana (1/20/01) • hit two crucial free throws, his only two points of the game, with 10 seconds remaining to secure win over Purdue (1/17/01) • hit a crucial three-pointer to squash a Wisconsin charge in win over the Badgers (1/6/01) • had a near perfect shooting game against Centenary (12/30/00), shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, to score 14 points in only 14 minutes • scored eight points with a career-high-tying two blocks in 17 minutes against Dartmouth (12/22/00) also recorded 300th career point and drained 100th career field goal in win • had a season-high six assists at Marquette (12/7/00) • his 108 three point attempts is the 10th most in a season in school history.

1999-2000 (FR): Played in all 28 contests last season while starting 23 • shot a team-best 87 percent (40-for-46) from the free-throw line • listed third on the team in assists (57), blocks (8), and steals (27) • fourth leading scorer with 246 points (8.8 ppg) • stepped up against Illinois (2/17/00) and scored in double figures for the second consecutive game while shooting .500 percent from three-point territory (3-for-6) • posted career-highs with two blocks and 35 minutes played at Penn State (1/26/00) • 8-for-16 from the field (5-for-11 from three-point range) and scored a career-high 23 points at Nebraska (12/31/99) • led the team in scoring by tallying 14 points at Iowa (2/27/00) • scored double-figures in points on 10 occasions last season • set a career-high with five steals at Georgia (12/28/99) • recorded a personal-best eight rebounds vs. Furman (12/23/99) • scored 16 points in 19 minutes in his debut as a Golden Gopher (Texas-Arlington 11/20/99) • was 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc against Texas-Arlington (11/20/99).

1998-99 (RS): Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of O’Dea High School in Seattle, Wash. • high school coach was Phil Lumpkin • helped lead O’Dea to a state title his junior year and three appearances in the state final four • a two-time all-city selection • averaged 15.0 points, eight assists and eight rebounds per game as a senior • was a two-year starter who shot 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range • his team went 29-0 his junior year • earned three prep letters in basketball and one in track and field • a two-time academic honors selection.

PERSONAL: Majoring in speech communications • son of Al and Valerie Burleson • goes by the nickname “K.B.” • father was a professional football player for the L.A. Rams and New Orleans Saints, and played in the Canadian Football League • brother Alvin was a football player for the University of Washington Huskies • born 9/4/79.

Burleson’s Career Statistics
Season      GP  GS  PPG  HI  FG   FT   3PT  REB  AST  STL
1998-99     Redshirted
1999-2000   28  23  8.8  23 .365 .870 .324  74   57   27
2000-01     31  10  6.3  21 .378 .660 .380  54   77   32
2001-02     31  19  6.5  24 .368 .766 .283  67  146   43
Totals      90  52  7.2  24 .370 .764 .330 195  280  102     
Burleson's Career Bests
Minutes: 37 two times; last vs. Tulsa (3/19/01)
Points 24 at Purdue (1/12/02)
Rebounds: 8 vs. Furman (12/23/99)
Assists: 7 vs. Morehead State (11/27/99)
Blocks: 2 at Penn State (1/26/00)
Steals: 6 at Indiana (2/28/01)
Blocks: 2 two times, last vs. Dartmouth (12/22/00)

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