Avery Basketball Court Honors Tommy Burleson
On February 3rd the Avery High basketball court was christened in honor of basketball legend Tommy Burleson. The 7 ft 2" Burleson was recognized for his contributions to Avery Athletics and to the county as a whole. In a tribute that will last for years to come, along the sidelines the hardwood in the Avery Viking Gym now reads “Tommy Burleson Court.” Burleson received a variety of gifts including a shelf crafted from the original gym floor on which he played at the high school. After graduation from Avery High, Burleson went on to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack. Playing alongside other NC State legends such as David Thompson, Monte Towe, Moe Rivers, Phil Spence and Tim Stoddard, Burleson and his teammates were able to win both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments in 1974. His collegiate career saw Burleson amass a total of 1,598 points, averaging 19 points per game. From 1974 to 1981, Burleson played with three teams in the NBA, including the Seattle Supersonics, the Kansas City Kings and the Atlanta Hawks, before an injury cut his career short.