Upstate Guard Makes Progress This Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the individual game of an improving backcourt prospect who has been a contributor to Sal Costantino's basketball program ...

Ramir Burton, a 6-foot-1 backcourt prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, had a very productive season in the 2011-2012 basketball campaign, according to second year head coach, Sal Costantino.

Burton averaged 11 points a game and 45 percent from beyond the three-point line. He previously scored seven points in Niagara Falls High School's quarterfinal AA come from behind win over Lockport.

Due to his progress on both sides of the ball, some division one college basketball programs have been monitoring Burton's game this season. According to head coach Costantino, Penn, Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Elon, Yale, Bucknell, and Colgate have shown the most recruiting interest.


Burton averaged over 12 points a game as Niagara Falls High School won five of its six games in the Canisius team camp during the early portion of the summer schedule.

In addition, Burton scored 19 points in a victory over Canisius High School at a team event.


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

Ramir was awarded 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 two games in the Prime Time Shootout in New Jersey.

Ramir carries a 3.3 in accelerated classes, making him an attractive recruit.

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