“Just looking at the upperclassmen showing me the ways of how to transition from high school,” Burgett said. “Teaching me what they did and they’ve helped me out.”
Burgett has played in six of the Irish’s 11 games this season with a team heavy-laden with upperclassmen. So far, the season highlight for him occurred Dec. 8 against Brown when he scored four points in three minutes.
He sees himself growing into a role like one of his mentors, Martin, or former Fighting Irish players Tim Abromaitis and Carleton Scott.
The experience of being at a prestigious university and getting the opportunity to play basketball is something that’s not easy to replicate.
“I don’t really know if words can describe it,” Burgett said. “It’s something you have to do, as it’s hard to explain. It’s a great opportunity.”
Burgett said, much like high school, as he walks to class almost all of the school knows who he is because of basketball.
“Everyone knows you,” Burgett said. “You’re walking around and they just know you. You have to have a good presence or good feeling about you.”
There has not been much opportunity to get homesick as Burgett has consistent support in South Bend.
“Family wise, they almost come up to every game,” he said. “If my family doesn’t come, then my friends always come and stay. We’ve really stayed connected.”