With this year’s honor Burgess becomes the 14th Cougar in program history to be a 2-time All-GSAC honoree. In 30 regular-season games this season, Burgess averaged 11.9 points and was fourth in the GSAC in rebounding at 8.2 and second in blocked shots at 1.6. He tallied 9 double-doubles which included a 16-point, 19-rebound effort in a victory over University of Montana-Western. He scored a career-high 24 points in a win at San Diego Christian College.
In midseason Burgess became the central focus of the Cougar offense and justifiably so when he fashioned an 8-game stretch in which he averaged 15.9 points and 9.0 rebounds while pacing the Cougars to 6 victories.
Johnson, a newcomer out of Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tenn., where he was the 2007 Tennessee Junior College Co-Player of the Year, put together one of the finest seasons in recent years by a first-year Cougar, averaging 17.9 points a game, third best in the GSAC and the highest output by a Cougar since 2000.
He registered 11 20-point games, including a career-high 34 vs. GSAC champ Fresno Pacific which capped a 7-game stretch in which Johnson averaged 24 points. He currently leads Azusa Pacific and is sixth in the GSAC with 59 3-point field goals this season.
This marks the 18th straight year that Azusa Pacific has had at least 2 members on the All-GSAC team.
Burgess, Johnson and the rest of their Cougar mates open postseason play Thursday (March 5) with the GSAC Tournament. The Cougars host Westmont College in a 7:30 p.m. game in the Felix Event Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with ID.
To view the entire 2009 All-GSAC Men’s Basketball Team go to the GSAC website.