Burchard heads to Taylor

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:39 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Brett Burchard’s college choice might turn his mom against his dad.

At least for a few games.

Burchard, who played at Hickman, signed to play basketball at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., on Tuesday. He picked Taylor, an NAIA school, over Central Methodist College and Columbia College, where his father, Bob, is the men’s coach.

“It is hard to be outrecruited,” Bob Burchard said. “You’d think I’d have an edge.”

Columbia College and Taylor aren’t scheduled to meet next season, but if it happens, Faye Burchard says she will have “to cheer for her son and the Cougars.” Bob Burchard said his wife would “cheer for her son, period, without a question.”

Faye Burchard said it is important for Burchard to make the break from home, but going to school so far away will make it harder to attend all of his games than it was when he went to Hickman.

Burchard learned about Taylor through his father.

“We’re familiar with the basketball program at Taylor because we know the coach (Paul Patterson),’’ Faye Burchard said. “That relationship came before basketball.”

Burchard, 6 feet 3, switched to power forward last season after playing point guard for two years.

“It was hard for him to change,” Hickman coach Jim Sutherland said. “In my opinion, it made him a much better player.”

Sutherland also said Burchard was a “kind of coach on the floor,” because he is so knowledgeable.

Mikel Fields, a teammate who signed with Columbia College, played with Burchard for three seasons.

“He is a good player, but he had to adjust this year because he is a natural point guard,” Fields said.

Burchard said it will be tough leaving Columbia, but at Taylor “it’ll be different; you know in Indiana they’re high on basketball.”

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