Globe High School senior Robert “BJ” Burries Jr. entered his January 8th game against San Carlos Secondary School with 2,993 career points, which put him third for all-time in the state of Arizona. “BJ,” a nickname known for him throughout the San Carlos Apache reservation grew up playing “RezBall” while also competing in off reservation tournaments and leagues.
A UNITY Alumni and member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, “BJ” Burries received a standing ovation from his Apache people following his 3,000 point. He became the third high-school basketball player in Arizona history to reach 3,000 total points. In attendance for the historic game was UNITY staff member Jared Ivins-Massey, and fellow UNITY youth leaders Dyami Thomas and Shoni Morales.
As of Monday, January 14, 2018, BJ is 78 points away from breaking the Arizona state scoring record for all school classifications. We look forward to supporting and watching the exciting future of Robert “BJ” Burries Jr.
* To watch the video of BJ Burries making the 3,000 basket, visit the UNITY Facebook Page at United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.