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Burrell hoops star transferring to Plum

| Saturday, July 2, 2005

High school basketball standout Dylan Grazier, Burrell's leading scorer last season, is in the process of transferring to Plum.

Grazier averaged 16.9 points per game and sank 51 3-pointers in 23 games for Class AA Burrell in 2004-05.

Grazier, who will be a senior, is moving with his family into the Plum School District.

He is expected to play basketball and possibly football at Class AAAA Plum.

"The biggest thing he can help us with is a little leadership," Plum basketball coach Ron Richards said.

"We lost a lot of seniors. We're a fairly young team. It seems like he's the kind of kid who fits in, and everybody likes him."

Grazier could not be reached for comment.

Entering last season, Gazier was battling for the starting quarterback job at Burrell. An early-season injury, however, limited his playing time.

Grazier wound up completing 10 of 16 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the basketball court is where he could make his greatest impact.

Grazier, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, will bring experience and good perimeter shooting to Plum.

He was held below double figures in points only twice, and was named a Valley News Dispatch second team all-star last season.

"He's a fairly multidimensional player," Richards said. "He's a solid high school athlete."

Grazier could help fill the shoes of graduated sharpshooter Mike McKee, a Division I Kent State recruit.

Last season, Burrell finished 8-6 in Section 1-AA and 13-10 overall. Plum finished 7-7 in Section 2-AAAA and 16-8 overall. Both teams missed the WPIAL playoffs.

In football, Grazier played quarterback and outside linebacker last year, but it's not hard to imagine him playing another athletic position such as wide receiver.

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