Jay Burson

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Jay Burson was a college basketball player at The Ohio State University and former player in the Continental Basketball Association.

Basketball career[edit]

High School[edit]

Jay Burson attended John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio from 1981-85. In his four seasons at John Glenn, he scored 2,958 points earning him the all-time record for most points scored in the history of Ohio high school basketball.[1] He held that record for 22 years until it was beaten by Upper Sandusky senior Jon Diebler (3,208 points) in February 2007.[2]


From 1986-89, Burson played for The Ohio State University in the Big Ten Conference. He averaged 22.1 points a game for Gary Williams' Buckeyes in the 1988-89 season.[3] During a late season contest against Iowa in his senior year, Burson's college career came to an end when he collided with Ed Horton.[4] He was fitted with a traction brace that he had to wear for three months.


After his injury, Burson made an attempted comeback. In August 1989, Burson signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was one of six players the Rockets invited back from a rookie tryout camp in July and he reported for pre-season workouts that October.[5] After playing just four preseason games, however, it appeared that his playing days had ended.[6]


In 1989, prior to signing with the Rockets, Burson had been selected as the first round draft pick - seventh overall - of the Columbus Horizon, a new Continental Basketball Association franchise. When it did not work out in the NBA, Burson joined the Horizon for their first season.[7] Initially, Burson said he would not play in Columbus.

"I'm going to make (Houston's) roster, but if I don't, I'll probably go back to school," he said.[5]

However, after being released by Houston and clearing waivers in October 1989, he decided to sign with the Horizon.[8] "The Horizon is very pleased to have signed our No 1 pick," said owner Eli Jacobson. "Jay Burson was in the process of making future plans, and we're just glad the Horizon are part of his plans."[8]

Burson wasn't signed just to sell tickets, Horizon coach Gary Youmans said. "We want Jay as a player, not as a drawing card. He might attract some fans but we want him so we can win ballgames."[8]

He made his home debut in December 1989, scoring 15 points in a 132-123 loss to Pensacola in front of 3,272 fans. In 34 games with the Horizon in the 1989-90 season, Burson averaged 13.6 points a game. In September 1990, Burson was traded to the San Jose Jammers for a second-round pick in the 1991 CBA draft and a player to be named later.


  1. ^ www.ohsaa.org
  2. ^ Ohio State Scout
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ Jauss, Bill (12 May 1989). "Burson Braces For Try At Pro Career". The Los Angeles Time. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Marysville Journal-Tribune. August 18, 1989
  6. ^ The Post
  7. ^ CBA museum
  8. ^ a b c Marysville Journal-Tribune. Nov 27, 1989

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