Upstate Guard Has Some Early Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed look at the individual game of a hard-working and improving backcourt prospect who hopes to have a big spring and summer of AAU play ....

Ramir Burton, a 6-foot-1 backcourt prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, made some solid progress on both sides of the ball, according to head coach Sal Costantino.

"Ramir got better as the season went on," said Costantino. "At times during the playoffs he was the best player on the score.

"He is developing point guard skills which look to make him a combo guard at the next level.

Regarding his recruiting process, Burton has some decent interest. "He has interest from Cornell, Elon and Colgate," Costantino said. "He will play with the Buffalo Dragons this summer." Ramir scored on an average of 10 points a game and hit nearly 45 percent from beyond the three-point line, making some nice progress in his individual game.


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 3.4 in accelerated classes, making him an attractive recruit.

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