Back in the day, Ross Burns was named the ’95 New England Class A Player of the Year after a stellar senior season of high school. Instead of going to a smaller college and becoming an All-American, Burns chose to become a walk-on at UMass and be a part of the best team in school history. With that decision, Burns got to watch and learn from Coach Calipari and go up against one of the best backcourts in the country everyday at practice, soaking up all the basketball knowledge he could handle. During UMass’ Final Four run headed by Marcus Camby and Coach Cal, Ross kept a diary for SLAM that gave an inside look at the team and was eventually published in SLAM 12 (the diary can be read in its entirety here).
After college, Ross didn’t give up his love for the game and continues to make an impact on players of all ages. After coaching on the DI level for years, the former Minuteman joined the vaunted Pro Hoops NYC training group and is working with and coaching players from high school all the way up to the NBA. Ross is also making a difference in the New York community with the “Drill and Play” program which gives underprivileged kids a chance to get off the streets and learn how to play the game the right way.
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