Luther “Ticky” Burden was the Capital Region’s Oscar Robertson

Luther “Ticky” Burden played basketball for Phillip Schuyler High School of Albany in the early 1970s.  When Burden and his supporting cast visited opposing high schools throughout the Capital Region, the fans were buzzing, and the gyms were always filled to capacity.  Burden dominated most opponents with his magnificent skills, and he captured the imaginations of local fans with his court theatrics.  Burden was smooth as silk, and he once ran Mont Pleasant ragged, scoring 50 points in one game, hitting on 22 of 25 shots from the field.  Most of his points came from  long range.  Burden’s style of play made him the Oscar Robertson of Capital Region basketball.  He played his college ball for the University of Utah, where he became one of their all-time greats.  Burden scored 35 points against Arizona in 1973 and averaged 23.7 points per game that season.  The following year, he was even more sensational, scoring 712 points for a 28.7 scoring average.  This average placed him fourth on Utah’s list of all-time leading scorers.  Burden was drafted by the New York Knicks and averaged less than five points per game for two seasons.

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