2018 Mass Prep Stars Girls Basketball Public Player of the Year: Veronica Burton ‘18 - Newton South
Veronica Burton '18 - Newton South is our 2018 Mass Prep Stars Public School Player of the Year.
Burton finished her storybook career as the all-time leading scorer in Newton South basketball history, amassing 1,817 points while leading Newton South to a 22-2 season and a Division 1 South Sectional final appearance.
The four-time Dual County League Large MVP had a stellar individual 2017-2018 campaign, averaging 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists a game. She was also one of the state's top defensive players, averaging six steals per game.
Burton will take her game to Northwestern next year to play Big 10 Women's basketball for the Wildcats.
Over the last four years, Burton has been one of the most exciting players to watch in the state of Massachusetts.
Whether she was hitting someone with her crossover move, or draining a step-back 3, Burton can do it all.
Wayne Gethers (video credit) of LW Productions, reporting for Mass Prep Stars, connected with the Newton South star in a
"Getting to Know You" segment.
What was your favorite basketball high school moment?
VB: Probably either my sophomore year against Cambridge, where I scored 41 points or during my junior year, in a playoff game where Newton South played Newton North. Newton North was led by Sayawni Lassiter (now at Florida State and our 2016 Mass Prep Stars Girls Public Player of the Year).` It was an in-town battle and South lost earlier in the season but we pulled it together to get revenge in this win.
Notable Personal High School Basketball Accolades
DCL 4x Large MVP
Mc.Donalds All American Nominee
Boston Globe Super Team
#1 scorer in school history currently around 1,817 points
On Burton's College Choice
VB: The school itself is a beautiful place with such great people there and in an awesome location.
Obviously, academics-wise they are really strong as well. What got me first interested in the school is that it runs extremely deep in my family. Both my parents played sports at Northwestern, along with three uncles and my grandfather. Some of the other schools I was considering were George Washington, Providence, and DePaul.
The advice you would give to current student-athletes looking to achieve their maximum potential:
VB: “It is going to take a lot of extra work and dedication. It is a lot of work and will not be the most fun thing to always be doing, but it will pay off in the end. Also.... always stay humble, on and off the court.”
Burton mentioned that her AAU experience was fun because she to play against a lot of great players and under coaches who made her better. Her team was usually the underdogs in many of the bigger tournaments, so it was a lot of fun to compete and see how they would do against some of the best players in the country.
AAU Team- Bay State Jaguars - Sponsored Under Armor Team
Rapid Fire Question & Answer
Q: Favorite NBA Team -
Q: Favorite NFL Team
Q: What were your thoughts on reclassifying and/or going prep?
Q: Nike or Adidas?
A: Hmm..... Nike
Q: Favorite Food?
Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
A: I hate Ravioli
Q: Favorite Movie:
A: The Blind Side
Q: Favorite NBA Player?
A: Kyrie Irving
Q: What are you doing on a “off day”?
A: Sleeping in, watching Netflix, or hanging out with some friends.
Q: If you weren’t playing basketball what other sport would you be playing?
Q: Career Job
A: Not sure. Something business related.
Q: Most points in a HS & AAU game?
A: High School 41 points and AAU 34 points
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