South Charlotte

Burdick leaves basketball legacy

Awards keep piling up for basketball star Cierra Burdick.

She was recently named to the 2011 Parade All-American team, for the second year in a row. And she has been a McDonalds All American.

Burdick was named Observer, Gatorade and Associated Press North Carolina Player of the Year and the Observer's Miss Basketball.

She is a state champion in basketball and a two-time state track and field high jump champion. She has represented her country playing for Team USA and been named ESPN Rise All-American.

As a junior she was the sixth rated prospect in the country.

Last year she averaged 23 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four steals a game. If not for an upset loss to Mallard Creek, Butler would likely have won another state championship and been undefeated.

In her three years, the Bulldogs were 86-7. ESPN ranks her the No. 1 forward in the class of 2011.

She stands 6-foot-2 but has the strength to bang inside or can play equally well on the perimeter. Burdick is as comfortable scoring inside as she is blocking shots or passing to open teammates.

Next year, she will play for the Lady Vols of Tennessee.

Burdick will be talked about in the Charlotte area for years to come as one of the best ever.

Having gone to school with Konecka Drakeford, the Providence Day legend of the early 90s, it's easy to see what makes a great high school player.

Drakeford is largely regarded as the top girl's player to come from the Charlotte area, and that is justified.

All who got to see Burdick play can remember how absolutely dominating she could be.

There are some talented girls playing basketball in this region.

For example: GiGi Bailey of Charlotte Christian; Providence Day's Tiffany Mitchell and Jatarie White; Kelsee Cheek of JM Robinson; Gaston Day's Jordan Whitesides.

But Burdick is an all-time great and will forever be regarded as one of the best girls' players in North Carolina.