B.J. Burries began shooting 500 free throws a day with his dad when he was a small child and all that practice has given the young man an uncommon touch from the perimeter that is showing up in a big way in his first season at Globe High School in Arizona.
Earlier this week, Burries scored 68 points in a 105-103 double-overtime win over Florence High School, setting a new state record in Division IV. He made 22 total field goal and went 17-for-18 at the free throw line.
First of all , I would like to thank GOD for giving me the ability to play tonight . Career high 67 points. Got that Dub in double OT,#Tyj💯
— Bj_Burries (@BjBurries) January 20, 2016
USA Today reported the old Division IV scoring record in Arizona was 62 years old. John Hight of Superior scored 67 against Winkelman Hayden in 1954. The overall scoring record in the state is 75 set by George McCormick of Fredonia High School in 1966. Both of those records came before the institution of the 3-point line. Burries made seven 3-pointers during his record-setting night.
This isn't the first time Burries has made a name for himself. He won the Hoop Shoot Getty Powell Award in 2013. The award is presented to the winner of a national free throw shooting contest. Burries made the final six and then made 25 consecutive free throws to win it.
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