Burruss, a senior at Trigg County High School, has accepted a scholarship offer from Transylvania University in Lexington and signed to join the school at a ceremony last Wednesday.
Burruss has spent two years at Trigg after moving to the area from Georgia.
“Everybody was really welcoming from day one,” Burruss said. “Our family has gotten a lot of support, and that’s great to have when you’re doing something like this.”
“One of the most rewarding things as a coach is to see a young man or young woman continue to do something they love, and Shelton loves basketball,” Trigg head coach Mike Wright said. “He also gets to continue his education at a great school. I think he will be a super fit, both athletically and academically.”
Studies do not take a backseat for Burruss, who has served as a tutor for other students at TCHS. He said he plans to follow the footsteps of teacher Donna Kranz and study psychology.
“Transylvania is a great school academically, and it’s great that I can continue my education there,” Burruss said. “I’ve always wanted to play college basketball.”
On the court, Burruss said the friendly atmosphere at Transy was very attractive. He said he’ll run an offense there similar to the one he played at Trigg.
Wright said a member of Transy’s coaching staff was in attendance at Trigg’s 2nd Region Tournament win over Madisonville-North Hopkins, a performance that cemented Burruss as a potential college point guard.
“He saw what we saw, which was Madisonville running 15 players at us in waves,” Wright said. “They trapped us every possession, and Shelton played nearly the entire game and had no turnovers. That was one of the things that attracted [Transylvania] to him, his ability to handle the ball.”
Burruss was the only Wildcat with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in 2008-09.
Burruss was one of four seniors on a team that pulled an upset to win the 5th District Tournament.
“The way our season ended, I couldn’t be happier,” Burruss said. “We were hungry and ready to play.”
Wright said he expects Burruss to have success at Transy.
“He has a point guard’s mentality,” Wright said. “Some kids think they want to be a point guard but won’t go back to get the ball. He goes back to get the ball, and that’s what a point guard has to do, and he makes plays.”