Bradford Burgess became the NCAA’s all-time consecutive starts leader this season, and while he didn’t get a chance to play a full game tonight at the Diamond, he got to start off one more by throwing out the first pitch as VCU baseball got set to take on the 24th-ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers.
Burgess followed up his second-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance — the third in his four years as a Ram — by impressing NBA scouts at this year’s Portsmouth Invitational.
The graduating senior will take the next few weeks to focus on just that…graduating. After that, it’s off to chase his hoop dreams as a professional basketball player, hopefully joining former teammates Eric Maynor and Larry Sanders in the NBA.
Ram fans will miss the soft-spoken Midlothian native who will be remembered as one of the all-time greats to play on Broad St., but the Burgess legacy will continue, as Bradford passes the torch to younger brother Jordan, who in the spirit of sibling rivalry will no doubt attempt to leapfrog his older brother in every stat category, a tall order for even a top-100 rated player like Jordan.
Burgess throws out first pitch from VCU Ram Nation on Vimeo.