2012 Honoree, Jay Burson

2012 Honoree, Jay Burson

They called him "The Show". From 1982-85 Jay Burson from New Concord John Glenn High School sold out high school gyms on a nightly basis. At only 6 feet tall and a slender 150 lbs., Jay's passion and tenacity enabled him to become Ohio's all-time leading scorer from 1985-2007 with 2,958 total points, an average of 32.9 points per game. Jay led the nation in scoring as a sophomore in high school, 40.01 pts. per game.

Jay went on to play at The Ohio State University for four years and was leading scorer (22.1 pts per game) and team captain in 1989. He is ranked 7th all-time at OSU in scoring with 1,756 pts. Jay played in the NCAA tournament but during his senior year he broke his neck, which ended his career with the Buckeyes. Jay went on to the NBA where he signed a 3 yr contract with the Houston Rockets.

Jay is a gifted motivational speaker and teacher based on his personal experiences of success and trial in basketball and in life. Jay provides clinics and training for youth and coaches on understanding "The Right Priorities" in basketball and life. Jay enjoys working with kids in small groups. To quote Jay, "You need Passion, Practice, and a Plan to be a good basketball player. If you have the passion, I can help with Practice and a Plan."

Career Highlights

  • OHSAA Record Books
    • Steals, Career: 410 (2nd)
    • Steals, Season: 144 (3rd)
    • FG's Made, Career: 1,212 (1st)
    • FG's Made, Season: 377 (3rd)
    • FT's Made, Career: 534 (8th)
    • Assists, Career: 531 (20th)
    • FG Percentage, Career: 52% (23rd)
  • 1989 OSU Team Captain
  • 1989 First Team All-Big Ten

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