Upstate Guard Expects Big AAU Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the individual game of improving guard prospect Ramir Burton, who had a very good season for Niagara Falls High School in upstate New York ....

Ramir Burton, a 6-foot-1 guard from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, made some significant progress this past season, including being a better floor general, according to NFHS head coach Sal Costantino.

"Ramir got better as the season (regular basketball) went on," said Costantino in a previous interview. "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.

Ramir has some solid division one interest in his skill level. "He has interest from Cornell, Elon and Colgate," Costantino said. "He will play with the Buffalo Dragons this summer." Ramir scored 10 points a game and hit nearly 45 percent from beyond the three-point arc.


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.

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