Jan 21, 2015
VCU Athletics will retire Burgess' jersey on Saturday, Feb. 21, prior to the Rams' game against UMass.
Burgess, who scored 1,684 points in a VCU uniform and helped lead the Rams to the 2011 Final Four, will join an elite club. He will become, along with Eric Maynor, Gerald Henderson, Calvin Duncan and Kendrick Warren, just the fifth former men's basketball player to see his jersey hung from the Siegel Center rafters.
"I really feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of the teams I was part of and to play with the players that were here, and to accomplish what we achieved. None of this would be possible without them," said Burgess, who is playing professionally in Italy. "It's a great honor. I just think about a number of guys who are probably just as deserving, if not more deserving than me. I'm really honored to be in this position and mentioned in the same breath as the guys whose names are already in the rafters."
A Midlothian native and star at Benedictine High School, Burgess started all 146 games of his VCU career to set an NCAA record, a mark he now shares with Syracuse' Brandon Triche. He joined Michael Brown (1982-86) as just the second four-year player in program history to start every game of his career.
Burgess was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including the unforgettable 2011 squad. He averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 59 percent (17-of-29) from 3-point range during VCU's magical Final Four run to earn a spot on the 2011 All-Southwest Regional Team. The Rams won 108 games during his career, the second-most during any four-year period in school history.
He is fourth on VCU's all-time scoring and third in 3-pointers made with 231. Burgess, along with Warren and Charles Wilkins, is one of three players in program history to score over 1,600 points, grab more than 700 rebounds and dish out over 200 assists.
The ceremony will take place prior to tipoff, which is set for 12 p.m.