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Jack Burmaster

Inducted 1980

Elgin High School Class of 1943

Biography

Jack Burmaster had the unique experience of reaching the finals of the Illinois State basketball tournament as a player, a coach, and as a broadcaster. He played varsity basketball at Elgin High School 1942—43 and 1943—44. In his junior year the Maroons placed fourth at Champaign and the following year finished second, losing to Taylorville which closed its season with a 45—0 record. Burmaster was named to the Associated Press All—Tournament team in 1944 as he completed his prep career with 188 points and a single game high of 16. At the University of Illinois he earned four varsity letters in basketball and in his senior year was captain of the Illini five, was selected the team's Most Valuable Player, and was named honorable mention All—American. He was named to the All—Big Ten Team in 1946 and again in 1948. After graduation from Illinois, Burmaster played professionally for Oshkosh (1948—49) and Sheboygan (1949—50 and 1950—51). In the summer of 1951 he toured South America as a member of the team opposing the Harlem Globetrotters. Jack coached basketball at Evanston Township High School from 1952—75, and in 1968 his cagers won the state crown at Champaign 70—51 over Galesburg. He became athletic director at Evanston in 1975 and began a broadcasting career in 1969 as a "color man" for WGN—TV for the state basketball tournament finals.