Robert “BJ” Burries is the son of Kelly and James Reede and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and of Navajo and San Carlos Apache affiliation. Burries is a sophomore and attends Globe High School in Globe, Arizona. As a Globe Tiger, he has been an intricate member of the boy’s varsity basketball program.
Burries passion for basketball began at the age of three when his uncle, Steven Pahe Jr., handed him a ball. That moment changed his life, and since then he has been a warrior on the court. Over the years Burries has spent his time practicing on outdoor courts, shooting the ball in the wind.
During his sophomore season with the Globe Tigers, Burries scored 790 for the season and 694 points his freshman year. He has proven himself to be a rising star in high school basketball.
“Basketball is such a huge part of my life. I don’t want the sport to define who I am, but I want to help define the sports younger generation and our ability. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you practice, dedicate yourself and keep trying you will succeed. Our reservations have so many talented athletes, and that is something we should all be proud of, all of our youth overcoming the challenges of life to participate in sports that help them build careers, education and strong futures for themselves,” said Burries.
In the post season, Burries was selected to participate in Arizona’s All-Star High School Basketball Showcase, founded and hosted by Biokats Sports. Biokast Sports launched the showcase in 2003, to help educate, prepare and showcase student athletes to play in college. The game was held March 30 at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ, where Burries joined other high school athletes.
Burries said, “It was one of the biggest honors of my life to be selected to play in the All-Star Basketball Showcase. It made me proud that I was able to represent the Globe Tigers and all of our reservation youth and humbled knowing that this was an opportunity to further my basketball dreams.”
While still in his sophomore year at Globe High School, Burries goal for his future is
to play basketball at a Division 1 College in the PAC12 and eventually become involved with the NBA. In the meantime, Burries plans to continue scoring points and hopefully win a state championship while having fun at what he does.
Burries believes that sports has had a positive impact on his life and provided opportunity for him to travel and experience different parts of the U.S. “I would not be doing what I am doing or be where I am today without the support of my family, coaches and teammates. I was always taught to put God first and He will guide you. I continue to appreciate the support I receive and allow the Lord to guide me. I hope that one day little boys on the reservation will know who I am and look up to me. If playing basketball gives me the opportunity to be a role model or blessing to any person, that’s all I can ask for,” stated Burries.
*Photos Courtesy of Burries Family*