Burnett was recruited by several colleges, including Niagara and St. Bonaventure.

He decided on Wagner, due in part to the coaching staff and the chance to compete for a league title.

Burnett comes from an athletic basketball family.

His older sister, Breaun, played basketball at Northwestern High in Hyattsville and softball and volleyball at Division II Bowie State.

She was at Northwestern at the same time as Jeff Green, who went on to play at Georgetown and currently averages 16.2 points a game for the Boston Celtics.

Wagner won five of its first 12 games this season.

That included a 102-87 win at Coppin State in Baltimore on Nov. 18 when Burnett came off the bench and scored five points in 10 minutes and made two of three field goal attempts.

"I think our strength (as a team) is our competitiveness," said Burnett, who plans to major in psychology. "It goes from the coaches to the players. Once we get everything right I don't think anyone is going to doubt our potential.

The head coach for Wagner is Bashir Mason, a former point guard at Drexel in Philadelphia under veteran mentor Bruiser Flint.

"It is a challenge. He expects a lot from his players," Burnett said. "You still have to earn your way and be tough."