Globe, Arizona. – Today’s player spotlight is Globe junior point guard Robert ‘B.J.’ Burries Jr. (San Carlos Apache) for scoring 2,000 career high school points. Burries grew up on San Carlos Apache Indian reservation with a strong traditional upbringing. You often hear basketball is a religion and family is everything in the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Burries is no exception.
One of the top prep players in Arizona, Burries runs point guard for Globe High School in Globe, Arizona. At 5’11”, he doesn’t stand out of the crowd but his scoring ability more then makes up for that. He can flat out score the ball. Averaging 30.7 points per game put him at 24th in the Country according to MaxPreps.com
Arizona career scoring leaders are tracked over the last 30 years and with 2,000 points, he has put himself on a list with some impressive company. Needing just 800 more points to former Arizona Star and NBA player Jarryd Bayless, and 1,000 to pass former NBA Superstar and Arizona legend Mike Bibby.
Globe off to the best start since his arrival with Burries having his best season yet. The team is 14-4 (1-1 Cental) record this season with 8 regular season games left before the playoffs. He will still have another year to chase the record.
When we first met B.J. we asked him about his game, he ended with “I want to make my people proud”. Its clear what’s driving B.J. as he continues to make a name for himself. Go check him out tomorrow against Coolidge High School. Tip off at 7:00 PM at Coolidge.