Amani Christine Burke (born May 17, 1998) is an American basketball player at Ohio University.
Prior to enrolling at Ohio, Burke won district basketball championships in all four years of high school, and is the younger sister of current NBA player Trey Burke.
Early Life and FamilyEdit
Burke is the daughter of Ronda and Alfonso "Benji" Burke II. She has an older sister Amber, an aspiring singer, and an older brother Trey, is a member of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Her parents met while Benji attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he played Division II basketball after spending time at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.Her mother had just completed her tenure at Ruskin High School.
Burke's grandfather starred at East High School in Columbus in the 1950s and her father starred at Eastmoor Academy in the 1980s before going on to set records at Northwest Missouri State University.
High School careerEdit
Burke played basketball at Eastmoor Academy High School in Columbus, Ohio, where she led the Warriors to a combined record of 85-20 and a record of 47-7 in the league play. As a junior in 2014–15, she averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game under head coach Charity Martin during her junior year. In 24 games, she shot 55% from the field and averaged 3.5 steals per game. In her senior year, she averaged 14.9 points per game, reached 1,000 points and left the school as the all-time leading scorer.
Burke received national honors including the Division II Central District Player of the Year and Associated Press Division II co-player of the year by the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association. She was awarded as a Super 7 Standout after her performance at the Classic in the Country in Berlin, Ohio. The team captain was a Top 64 selection, First Team AP Division II, First Team Division II Central District, Second Team All Classic winner and Second Team All-District Selection. In addition to basketball, she also participated in volleyball. Before her final season began at Eastmoor Academy High School, Burke committed to the Ohio University.
College Career Edit
Freshmen Year Edit
Burke's addition to the All-MAC Freshman Team is the first time since 2013 that a Bobcat has earned the honor. Burke has come on strong as of late, scoring in double figures for the past five games, including a season-high 21-point effort against Miami on Feb. 25. Overall on the season, Burke has averaged 7.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per contest. She is shooing .373 from the field and .346 from three-point range. In conference play, Burke averaged 7.7 points a game and 2.8 boards a contest. She also shot .398 from the field and .397 from beyond the arc.