Jordan Burgason, the country’s top 3-point shooter and Lipscomb's leading scorer, has been dismissed from the men’s basketball team and university for violating team rules.
Burgason, a senior, holds the school’s NCAA-era record for 3-pointers with 282. In 19 games this season he averaged a team-high 16.4 points and shot 52.6 percent from 3-point range — the best mark in Division I.
“I love Jordan and wish him nothing but the best,” athletics director Philip Hutcheson said in a statement on Friday. “But he broke university rules that he knew he was breaking. We had clearly advised him, and he was aware of the consequences of making a bad decision.”
This wasn’t Burgason’s first misstep.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Ames, Iowa, missed the first five games of 2011-12 due to a violation of team rules. Burgason and men’s basketball coach Scott Sanderson declined to elaborate on what led to the suspension but Burgason said he made “selfish decisions.”
“You would hope he’d make better decisions,” Sanderson told The City Paper in late December. “It is one of those things that is a growing process. We’ve moved past it, and he has moved past it.”
Burgason set the school’s NCAA-era single-game record with nine 3-pointers against his hometown team, Iowa State. He later matched that against ETSU.
He ends his career 35th on Lipscomb’s all-time scoring list with 1,132 points.
“I want to thank Lipscomb for the unbelievable opportunity that it has given me,” Burgason said. “The whole university has showed so much grace to me. But despite that, my actions have not shown a respect for the university and its policies and for that I am sorry. I'll never forget the memories that I've made here. Thank you for the love and support that everyone has shown throughout my time here. You will always be family to me.”