VCU Hoops’ Burgess Effect

Jordan embracing older brother Bradford Burgess during jersey retirement ceremony at VCU's Siegel Center in 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For eight years Bradford and Jordan Burgess, Midlothian natives, have not only experienced the recent success and rise of the VCU men’s basketball program they’ve been crucial to leading the way.

Friday night younger brother Jordan, a Benedictine graduate, will start his 63rd game as a VCU Ram against UNC Asheville at the Siegel Center. It will be the fifth-year senior’s final home opener.

“It’ll be weird next year not having a Burgess,” says VCU head coach Will Wade, “I’m very proud. He’s earned his confidence, he’s gone about it the right way.”

Older brother Bradford started an NCAA record 146 consecutive games from 2008-2012, that’s every game he’s played in his VCU career.

During their time VCU has won multiple conference titles, made six consecutive NCAA Tournaments and gone on the magical 2011 Final Four run to Indianapolis.

“A lot of blood, sweat and tears I’ve put into that VCU uniform,” says Jordan, “I’ll miss it a lot.”

When he takes the court at the Siegel Center in front of a soldout crowd, keep an eye on him during the national anthem. He’ll be eyeing his older brother Bradford’s retired jersey in the rafters, waiting for his day to join in the years to come.

“Hopefully,” says Jordan, “after this year the way I plan it going the Burgess name will live on forever at VCU.”