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Amani Burke
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Personal information
Born May 17 1998 () (age 23)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career information
High school Eastmoor Academy
(Columbus, Ohio)
College Ohio (2016–2020)
Position Shooting guard

Amani Christine Burke (born May 17, 1998) is an American former college basketball player who played for the Ohio Bobcats women's basketball of Mid-American Conference.

Early Life[]

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Burke is the daughter of Ronda and Alfonso Clark "Benji" Burke ll. Her brother, Trey Burke, is a professional basketball player who plays in the NBA. She also has a sister named Amber. Coming from a family of basketball players, Burke began playing basketball at age five.  

Of her exposure to basketball at a young age, Burke's brother, Trey said, "At that age, it was coed, and Amani was always up under me. She always loved it and showed a lot of ability from an early age, but she also has always worked hard." She played AAU basketball in her hometown of Columbus, initially with the All-Ohio basketball team and later with the Express basketball team.   

High School career[]

A four-year varsity girl's basketball player at Eastmoor Academy High School, Burke was named Columbus's Player of the Year by The Columbus Enquirer her senior year. The same year, she averaged 14.9 points per game for her team. Burke finished her high school career as the team's leading scorer with over 1,000 points. Burke helped her high school team go undefeated in the regular season for all four years. In her sophomore year, Eastmoor advanced to the OHSAA semifinals. Burke was named to the All-State first team and All-County team all four years at Northport.

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[]

Freshmen Year[]

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 []

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.

Junior Year[]

Burke's stellar junior season landed her a spot on the 2018–19 All-MAC Third Team and the 2018–19 All-MAC Academic Team. Burke played and started all 36 games averaging team-high 32.2 minutes. She was second in total assists with (66), third in scoring with 13.3 points per game and fourth in rebounds per game with 4.5 while shooting 40.9 percent from the field. During her junior year she became known for performing well against top teams in the country. Burke tallied 28 double-figure performances and three 20-plus games on the season including career-high 33 points in game against BSU after setting the Ohio record for three-pointers made in a game with 11. She became the 17th player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Senior season[]

In her final year at Ohio, she played and started in all 29 games, scoring in double-figures in all but four contests, second on the team at 13.6 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Burke scored at least 20 points 12 times and notched a season-high 30 points on 11–22 shooting, including 6–13 from deep, in the win at Butler and scored at least 20 points in a career-high four-straight games from February 22 - March 4. She finished her career in fifth place on the Ohio scoring list with 1,496, third all-time with 235 made three-point field goals, and sixth in school history with 502 field goals made. 

Ohio statistics[]

Source

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Bold Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Ohio 32 232 36.8 33.9 65.1 2.8 0.6 0.7 0.1 7.3
2017–18 Ohio 30 390 36.8 29.7 71.3 3.8 1.0 1.6 0.3 13.0
2018–19 Ohio 36 480 40.9 40.4 74.1 4.6 1.9 1.3 1.0 13.3
2019–20* Ohio 29 394 32.4 32.4 73.7 3.5 1.8 1.9 0.4 13.6
Career Ohio 127 1496 38.1 34.8 71.6 3.7 1.3 1.4 0.5 11.8

* 2020 NCAA tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic 

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