- Number: 42
- Position: Guard
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 190
- Year for 2008: Sr.
Offense: At times, Charlie could be an incredibly effective player. In fact there were games where I really thought that he was on the cusp of something great, of being that third scorer that we were all searching for (this will be a recurring theme throughout these basketball reviews and previews). Burgess's best scoring games were against non-conference competition, where he had 20 against TCU, 19 against Centenary and 20 against Arkansas. His season high in assists came against Baylor, with 7 and against Colorado with 6. In 31 games, Charlie dished 3 or less assists in 24 of the 31 games he played, and that's your starting point guard. From an assist to turnover perspective, he wasn't great, a 1.2/1.0 rate. You'd like to see the assist totals double over the turnovers, especially for your point guard.
Either that, or you'd rather have a scoring point guard and as mentioned above, there were very few of those types of games. In 12 games (7 of those non-conference) this year did Charlie score in double figures.
So that's the rub with Charlie, he's your point guard, but he's not particularly adept at making plays, but he's also your third leading scorer, but isn't particularly consistent at that either.
As a three-point shooter, Charlie shot a decent percentage, but he's not the type of shooter that will simply pull up and drain a three. Charlie has to be completely open in order for him to take the shot, and I think he's more comfortable straight on the basket rather than in the corner or on the wing.
Charlie also has a serious flaw in pushing the ball up the court and creating easy buckets for himself and his team. He simply doesn't do it. In fact there were a number of times where Charlie would have a fast break opportunity, but he would pull back the reins, which creates a greater strain on the offense.
Defense: I thought Charlie was a decent on-the-ball defender. And if you can't already tell from my offensive review on Charlie, he doesn't do any one thing great, but he's not horrible at things either. Charlie wasn't particularly easy to beat off of the dribble and he exemplified good help defense as well. Charlie wasn't s stop down defender, but there were few players on this team who were at the very least of being a stop down defender.
Charlie only averaged less than one steal per game and I'd like to see my point guard be more active defensively.
2008 Expectations: My expectations aren't particularly high for Charlie. In fact, considering who's coming into the program next year (Roberson), I could see a decrease in minutes for Charlie. Although I don't think Knight would ever admit it I think he was privately frustrated with having a point guard do so many un-point-guard-like things. Knight will certainly be faced with the prospect of having a very talented freshman point guard who will probably be ready to play or a decent player in Burgess who doesn't wow you with his skills, but is consistent and doesn't turn the ball over that much. If Charlie wants to play next year, he's got to do two things:
- Improve in the open floor, and
- Improve his ability to create his own offense.
If he doesn't do those things, I think Charlie takes a backseat to some of the other players next year where he'll average about 8 points a game, keep the same assist to turnover ratio and rather than average 31 minutes a game, he'll be closer to 22 or 23.