Robert Morris star Dachon Burke received his official release from Robert Morris University on Thursday and is now free to transfer.
The news will be discouraging for Colonial basketball fans as they lose their leading scorer (17.6 PPG) for the third consecutive season. Burke, however, felt it was the move he needed to make.
”I really just wanted to compete at the highest level,” Burke said.
There were whispers of Burke moving on throughout the season but he said didn’t begin to consider it until Robert Morris played a few key nonconference games.
“After we played NC State, I knew then that I could play at a higher level. We also played Drexel and I shot my best game (25 points and six 3-pointers),” Burke said. “As the season went on, personally I knew I could play at the next level and it was just going to come down to my decision of staying at Robert Morris or starting over someplace new.
”I just realized that throughout my life I’ll be making a lot of tough decisions. Plus, college coaches do this all the time leaving for better opportunities. I only have one life to live and never want to look back and doubt myself.”
Was it a tough conversation when Burke approached Andy Toole to tell him he wanted to leave?
”I wouldn’t say tough, I was just nervous. It’s like when you have a secret and you want to let your parents know but you don’t know how they’re going to react,” Burke said.
Burke talked with Toole and is now looking for his next basketball home.
He will have to out next season and has two years of eligibility remaining. Michigan, Wichita State, St. John’s, Marquette, Miami, Nevada, Arizona and Pitt are among the schools that have reached out to him or his coaches.
”Pitt seems to be really heavy on me and Coach Capel said he likes my game. He is supposed to call me later today [Thursday night],” Burke said.
“Right now, I’m open to every school that has interest in me. I just got my release and I’m really heavy on any school now, everyone has the same chance. I just want to compete at the highest level.”