Strong Summer for Upstate Underclassman

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a detailed look at the individual game and summer progress of upstate underclassman Ramir Burton, who competes for Niagara Falls high school ...

Ramir Burton, a 6-foot-1 rising junior guard, has had a very good summer making progress in his individual basketball game, according to his head coach, Sal Costantino.

Burton had 19 points in a win over Canisius High School in the Niagara PAL team camp competition last weekend. Ramir's high school team finished 3-1.


Niagara Falls High School claimed the Daemen Team Camp held in Buffalo, New York. Playing the weekend without three starters, Burton was simply terrific.

Ramir landed the Most Valuable Player honors by averaging 20 points a game and handing out an impressive eight assists per contest.

Niagara Falls High School won four of its five contests, beating St. Joe's of Buffalo in the final, 69-59.

"Ramir was a mid season call-up for us last year," said Costantino, whose team had an impressive 19-2 record, losing to Jamestown in the playoffs, the eventual state finalist.

Costantino on Ramir: "Burton has good length that allows him to guard different positions. He will be a big pieces of the NFHS upcoming season highlighted with 2 games in the Primetime Shootout in New Jersey.

Ramir is also terrific in the classroom. He carries a 3.3 in accelerated classes.

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