Upstate Underclassman Has Solid July

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the summer progress of upstate underclassman guard prospect Ramir Burton, who had some very productive games over the past couple of months ...

Ramir Burton, a 6-foot-1 rising junior guard, despite not playing with his Niagara Falls High School teammates last week at the University of Buffalo team camp due to other obligations, had a tremendous summer, according to head coach Sal Costantino.

While Burton's team made it to the championship game against Henninger of Syracuse, N.Y., certainly his teammates could have used his help.

It's been a very productive summer though for Burton. He averaged 12 points a game as Niagara Falls High School won five of its six games in the Canisius team camp a few weeks ago.

In addition, Burton produced 19 points in a win over Canisius High School in the Niagara PAL team camp competition held two weekends ago. 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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