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Trent Burns Signs with Mizzou Men’s Basketball

Trent Burns

Missouri men’s basketball signed one of the nation’s top seven-footers – its second in the Class of 2024 – with Trent Burns (Houston, Texas) inking his National Letter of Intent to join the Tigers program Wednesday.

A fast-rising recruit, Burns has jumped to as high as No. 65 in the nation by Rivals. A 7-foot-3 center from Houston, Burns took advantage of a strong summer campaign to make him one of the nation’s top big men recruits.

“The combination of shooting and shot-blocking at Trent’s height is not something easy to find,” said Whitten Family Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dennis Gates. “He fits our system and our five-out offense that we want to run perfectly. Trent has also shown a lot of potential this summer and is somebody we feel like can be a sleeper of our class. His strong family values fit within our eight core values at Mizzou and we look forward to seeing the impact he will make on campus.”

Burns led Houston Hoops during the Nike EYBL circuit and helped the team earn a bid to the Peach Jam Tournament. Ranking in the top 15 in blocks with 1.4 per game, he also added 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds, while stretching the court with an 8-of-16 performance from 3-point range over a three-game span.

Playing for PSAT Academy in Houston, Burns earned first-team All-Southwest Athletic Interscholastic Conference accolades as a junior.

“Trent is a multi-faceted highly-skilled extremely intelligent player who has stood his ground on who he is as a player but also has the desire and flexibility to learn, grow and expand his game to be the best he can be,” said PSAT Academy head coach Ed Haskins. “Trent was invaluable to our program in so many ways – a top shot blocker on the team (and conference) not to mention the number of shots he changed per game, helping guys be in the right spots offensively and defensively because of his high basketball IQ and tops in the conference and on our team in 3-point percentage, just to name a few. Has one of the highest ceilings of any player I’ve EVER coached in 20-plus years of coaching at multiple levels. The Tiger Nation should be EXTREMELY EXCITED about the arrival of Trent Burns!”

Burn is the third student-athlete to sign with the Tigers so far on Wednesday, joining T.O. Barrett and Peyton Marshall to form the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class in the nation – the highest-ranked class in school history. The trio is joining a program that won 25 games and its first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years during Gates’ first season leading the Tigers in 2022-23.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics