"I know I have my funny ways," Burtt says. "I don't mean anyone harm. I just like to be self-strong. I never know if people will understand how I feel. Some people say, 'It's silly. She's gone. You can't do anything about it.' I know I can't bring her back. But when somebody tells me it's silly, I get mad."
NBA scouts project Burtt as a first-round pick, and have him pegged as a playmaking guard in the pros. "I think I can do it," Burtt says. "But I don't want to count on it and then be disappointed. I've been disappointed enough." Ultimately, Burtt's priorities are a family and a career in criminal law.
"He has come so far," says Williamson. "The other day I told him, 'You're looking good. I'm very proud of you. When you graduate, I'm going to cry on that day.' He said, 'Coach, I'm going to cry, too.' "