The Ballarat Rush have this week been informed that Kasey Burton will not be returning to the side in 2017. Burton is currently in her third year with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL and is moving to Melbourne on a more permanent basis.
Burton has played 70 games for the Ballarat Rush since first lining up for the team in 2013 as a 17 year old.
Burton was a consistent contributor in 2016 averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists a game. Burton hit double figures on five occasions in 2016.
Arguably Burton’s best game of the season came against Dandenong on the road. Burton had 16 points and five rebounds in just 19 minutes before going down with an ankle injury.
Burton has travelled through the Basketball Ballarat Elite pathway playing for the junior elite teams, moving onto representing Victoria Country in u/16 and u/18 state campaigns and Victoria at the u/20 level.
Burton’s hard work, skill and dedication has also taken her to Australian Development Camps.
Burton notified the club on Monday and thanked the club for the ongoing support in her pursuit to play basketball at the highest level.
Rush Senior Elite Teams Chair Kym Cassells said “While it is disappointing to lose Kasey we wish her all the very best on the move to Melbourne and her future basketball career, which we know will be bright.”
Cassells continued “We will continue to keep in touch with Kasey in the event she were to move back to Ballarat where the door will always be open for her to return to the Ballarat Rush”.
Burton wished the Ballarat Rush good luck for the 2017 season where she hopes to catch a few games from the stands.
For more information on the GMHBA Miners or Ballarat Rush please contact Elite Teams Administrator Melissa Thomas via 5330 7604 or Melissa.Thomas@ballaratbasketball.com