Burke Scott

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Burke Scott (born January 12, 1933) was an American basketball player and coach. He was starting shooting guard on Indiana University's 1953 championship team and coached at the high school level in his home state of Indiana.

Scott, a 6'0" guard from Tell City High School in Tell City, Indiana, played for coach Branch McCracken at Indiana from 1952 to 1955. Scott started each of his three varsity seasons at Indiana, and played a key role as a sophomore ball-handler and defensive specialist on the Hoosiers' 1953 national championship team. Scott led the Hoosiers to a second straight Big Ten Conference title the following season.[1]

Following his college career, Scott spent approximately two years in the U.S. Army; he coached the Camp Carson team to a record of 27-4; losing 3 games to a Ft Leonard Wood-based team which was led by future NBA-great K.C. Jones. Each loss came during the AAU national basketball tournament in Denver.[2] After his Army commitment, Scott returned to Indiana and began his high school teaching & coaching career; he coached the Needmore Hilltoppers, Plainville Midgets, Cascade Comets, Loogootee St. John's Eagles and the Heritage Hills Patriots. His record over his 13-year (High School) Head Coach career: 154-121 (.560); a PAC title and the Wabash Valley Basketball Tourney[3]

Burke Scott was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.[3] alongside his two high school coaches; Ivan Hollen and Andy Taff. His college coach, Branch McCracken is also a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Hiner, Jason (2004). Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-655-8.
  2. ^ http://local.evpl.org/views/viewimage.asp?ID=982019
  3. ^ a b Larry Goffinet (December 2, 2010). "Former Patriot coach to be elected to hall of fame". The Spencer County Journal-Democrat. Retrieved January 15, 2012.

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