One thing you can emphasize about Erin Burns, the newest Marauder hoops recruit, is that she is very experienced at winning basketball games.
McMaster coach Theresa Burns (no relation) is very happy to get a commitment from the Hamilton St. Thomas More guard, who has been a key part of Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association Quad-A championship teams for each of the past three seasons.
“Erin is a tough competitor who knows how to win and what it takes to win,” Burns said about her latest recruit. “Erin is a very intelligent person and player, who reads and anticipates plays very well. She’s an exceptional defensive player especially off the ball, where she helps, steals or draws charges consistently each game.
“She will bring that high basketball IQ and a tremendous work ethic to our program and will be a wonderful addition to our lineup.”
The younger sister of current Marauder player Liz Burns, Erin was named to the Hamilton Separate School All-Stars in 2013 and played in the Hamilton Spectator Classic. Her record of success extends to her club exploits as she helped the Blessed Sacrament U17 juvenile girls’ to the 2012 Ontario Basketball Association Division One championship.
“I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a Marauder,” said Burns, who has made the honour roll in each of her years at St. Thomas More. “I am very interested in the science programs at McMaster and being one of the best academic schools in Canada it was clear that it was the right fit for me.”
Burns will miss out on playing with her sister as Liz graduates after this season, but she will re-unite with current Marauder Danielle Boiago, who was a teammate on the 2011 provincial championship squad.
Burns brings the number of Marauder recruit commitments to two, as she joins Linnaea Harper of Newmarket who committed last month.