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Men's basketball inks pair to National Letters of Intent

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 06/16/2011
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson announced Thursday that Michael Hale III (Federal Way, Wash./North Idaho College) and Kannon Burrage (East Moline, Ill./Des Moines Area [Iowa] CC) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Roadrunners for the 2011-12 season.

Hale III, a 5-10 point guard, earned first-team All-Scenic West Conference (SWC) and second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors the past two seasons for head coach Jared Phay at North Idaho College. The Federal Way, Wash., native averaged 17.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and a pair of steals this past season to help the Cardinals to a 23-9 record, the Region 18 semifinal round and a No. 1 national ranking at one point during the season. As a freshman in 2009-10, Hale III posted 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest to guide North Idaho, which is located in Coeur d’Alene, to a 27-5 mark, the SWC Championship and the Region 18 final.

Hale III helped guide Federal Way High School to its first-ever Class 4A State Championship in 2009. He averaged 14.4 points and 7.0 assists per game as a senior in helping the Eagles also capture South Puget Sound League and West Central District titles. Hale III also reached the state tournament as a junior and sophomore at Decatur High, earning all-league honors both seasons before transferring to Federal Way. He was rated the No. 4 point guard in the state of Washington by NorthwestHoops.com and was selected to play in the Washington vs. Oregon All-Star Game, in which he led his team to a 101-80 victory in addition to winning the slam dunk contest.
 
Burrage, a 6-3 guard, led Des Moines Area Community College in scoring at 20.7 points per game and also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals to help head coach B.J, McGinn and the Bears to a 23-8 record in 2010-11. A first-team All-Region 11 and All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference selection, the East Moline, Ill., native made 62 3-pointers in helping DMACC, located in Boone, Iowa, reach the region semifinal round. As a freshman in 2009-10, he recorded 10.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game to help DMACC to a 22-7 ledger.

Burrage was an all-state, all-conference and all-metro performer at United Township High School in East Moline, Ill.. As a senior, he earned first-team all-state accolades and was tabbed the Metro Player of the Year.

The pair joins fall signee A.J. Price, a 6-2 guard from The Colony High School.

A three-time all-district performer for head coach Cleve Ryan, he is ranked 45th among seniors in the state of Texas by Rivals.com/TexasHoops.com. Price averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a senior to help lead The Colony to a 23-13 record. As a junior, Price helped lead the Cougars to a 30-9 record and the Class 4A State Tournament, where they lost to eventual State Champion Houston Yates. He averaged 14 points, four assists and three rebounds per game in 2009-10 and 11.4 points per contest as a sophomore. Price, who was named The Colony’s Offensive MVP in 2008-09 and Defensive MVP in 2009-10, also played AAU ball for Team Texas Elite.
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