Saturday, January 3, 2009
The Black Bears have apparently secured a verbal commitment from Murphy Burnatowski, a 6-6 wing player from Waterloo, Ontario. Burnatowski would be the second Canadian to play for the Black Bears in recent years, following David Dubois. His mother is a Millinocket native.
Burnatowski is No. 8 in the front row of a team photo with his Canadian U17 team.
In July, he played with the Canadian Junior National team in the FIBA Americas Junior World Championships qualifying tournament in Formosa, Argentina. In limited action, Burnatowski helped the Canadian Junior Nationals to a 3-2 record. Burnatowski scored five points in a loss to Argentina and had five rebounds in a win over Uruguay. The team also posted victories over Mexico and Puerto Rico. The other loss was to the United States.