Aug. 21, 2009
Jesyka Burks-Wiley ('09) has been named the 2009 Most Valuable Player for the Boston University women's basketball team, after capping off a brilliant career at BU with her best season yet.
Burks-Wiley, a native of Kansas City, Mo., was a dominant force in the Terriers' front court in 2008-09, averaging 17.9 point per game - the best single-season average since Katie Terhune (`04) poured in 18.6 ppg in 2001-02 and the fifth-best overall. She was named the league's Player of the Year and picked up AE All-Conference First Team honors for the first time in her career at the league's annual banquet back in March.
In January and February of 2009, she was named to the WBCA's National Player of the Month Honorable Mention list, during which time she averaged 20.0 ppg and 8.8 rpg, helping the Terriers go undefeated in the America East regular-season.
Burks-Wiley graduates as one of just eight players in the program's 34-year history to surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and her 1,315 career points will go down as the seventh-best total in the school annals. Just this past July, she signed a professional contract with BC ICIM Arad, a Romanian team in the Eurocup league, for next fall and will start training with the squad on Aug. 1.