Amani Christine Burke (born May 17, 1998) is an American basketball player at Ohio University. She is the younger sister of current NBA player Trey Burke.
Early Life and FamilyEdit
Burke is the daughter of Ronda and Alfonso Clark "Benji" Burke ll. 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 older sister, Amber, is an aspiring singer and her older brother, Trey, is a member of the New York Knicks.
Her paternal 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 was a four-year varsity basketball letter winner 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.
In addition to basketball, she also participated in volleyball. Burke received state 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. Burke 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. Before her final season began at Eastmoor Academy High School, Burke committed to the Ohio University.
College Career Edit
Freshmen Year Edit
As a freshmen, Burke was named to the MAC All-Freshmen Team, the first time since 2013 that a Bobcat has earned the honor. Overall on the season, Burke has averaged 7.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per contest. She shot .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 three-point range.
Sophomore Year Edit
In her sophomore year, Burke played in 30 games for the Bobcats during the season, averaging 29.2 minutes a game. She ranked on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg), while ranking second in points scored (390) and third in three-point field goals made (43). She also averaged 3.7 rebounds a game while shooting .368 from the field, .297 from beyond the arc and .713 from the free throw line. In the first game of the season, Burke played 35 minutes while tallying 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the win against High Point. Burke scored 20 points once again in the First Round of the MAC Tournament on March 3rd against Akron.