Jamarius Burton selected to North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game

Patriots Jamarius Burton drives hard toward the basket. (Ron Morris)
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The Patriots talented and outstanding senior guard and forward has been selected to compete in the North Carolina – South Carolina All-Star Game.

Jamarius who sat out all last season with a torn ACL has fully recovered from the injury and is performing at 100% for the 22-1 Patriots and 13-0 Southwestern 4A Conference leaders with just one conference game to play against Myers Park Friday night on the road.

Burton making a slam for two points. (Ron Morris)

The senior has been very consistent this entire season.  At 6’5″ and 195 pounds he is a big guard who can also rebound for Coach Preston Davis who has a talented starting five and solid bench.  Jamarius is the Patriots team captain and his senior leadership has been constant, steady, calm and motivating when necessary to fire up his teammates.

In 23 games this season he has scored 345 points, averaged 15.0 per game, hauled down 183 rebounds (7.96 per game), 111 assists (4.83 per game), 46 steals (2.00 per game), including 17 blocks and 38 deflections.

Burton with reverse slam. (Ron Morris)

He has received scholarship offers from the following universities and colleges.  East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Western Carolina, Saint Bonaventure, Towson, Hofstra, Kent State, Penn State, U-Mass, Virginia Common Wealth, LaSalle, Hampton, Old Dominion, George Mason.  Jamarius has not made a final decision and is narrowing down his list of options.  He is seeking the best fit for his educational goals and an athletic program where he can develop to his full potential.  A decision should be forthcoming over the next few weeks after the season ends and the state playoffs begin.

Coach Preston Davis knows he has a fine player who is unselfish and is a team leader.  He had 14 assists in a recent game which clearly shows his style of play while hauling down 10 rebounds and scoring 11 points for a triple-triple in a rivalry game.  This is the kind of team player Jamarius is which makes him a very sought after commodity among college coaches as a point guard.

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