Mustangs add transfer from Creighton
John Burns, a 6-5 forward from Algona, Iowa, will join the Morningside College men’s basketball team next season as a transfer from NCAA Division I Creighton University announced Mustangs’ head coach Jim Sykes.
Burns will join the Mustangs with freshman eligibility after he was a redshirt for the Bluejays this past season.
Burns is a 2013 graduate of Algona Bishop Garrigan High School, where he scored 1,367 points and made 168 3-point field goals during a three-year varsity career. He was a first-team All-North Central Conference selection as a junior and senior and a second-team all-league performer as a sophomore.
He was one of the top scorers in the state as a senior when he averaged 22.4 points per game to compliment norms of 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per en route to first-team Class 1A all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and third-team all-state laurels from the Des Moines Register. Burns made 221 of 505 field goal attempts for 43.8 percent, 72 of 201 3-point field goal attempts for 35.8 percent, and 69 of 95 free throw attempts for 72.6 percent.
Burns was a second-team INA all-state selection as a junior when he averaged 18.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He made 176 of 406 field goal attempts for 43.3 percent, 48 of 130 3-point field goal attempts for 36.9 percent, and 48 of 67 free throw attempts for 71.6 percent.
Burns shot a career-high 43.2 percent from the 3-point arc as a sophomore when he drilled 48 of his 111 attempts. He averaged 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Burns will join a Morningside team that posted a 25-9 record and finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 16-4 league mark during the 2013-14 season. The Mustangs defeated GPAC regular season champion Dordt College 87-85 in the title game of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament to earn their fourth NAIA Division II National Tournament berth in the last nine years.