Steve Burtt ‘84
Steve Burtt, the all-time leading scorer in basketball truly had a Hall of Fame Career at Iona College. Burtt finished his Iona career with an astounding 2,534 career points, which placed him as the highest scoring player in metropolitan area history.
The 6-2 guard from New York City came to Iona from Charles Evans Hughes High School and was second on the team in scoring as a freshman with a 13.6 average earning BASKETBALL WEEKLY Honorable Mention All-American. As a sophomore, Burtt established himself as a premier player in college basketball and earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, third-team All-American by BASKETBALL WEEKLY and THE SPORTING NEWS and Second-team All-East in EASTERN BASKETBALL. Despite his teams third place finish in the Great Alaska Shootout that season, Burtt was named the tournaments Outstanding Player. As a sophomore he was also first-team All-Metropolitan, MAAC All-Conference and the regular season scoring champion in the MAAC.
Although his kudos and acknowledgements are far too lengthy to record, a few brief highlights include: AP Honorable Mention All-American, All District 2 selection United States Basketball Writers, Widmer Cup All-East Selection, All-MAAC ’81, MAAC Player of the Year ’82-83 and ’83-84, MAAC All-Tournament Team 1983, MAAC Tournament MVP 1984. His senior year, Burtt shared the Haggerty Award (for the Metropolitan Area Top Player) with Chris Mullin of St. John’s. Burtt graduated from Iona in four years with a criminal justice degree.
Steve Burtt is the number one scorer in school history (2,534), number one in field goals (1,003), field goal attempts (1,923), free throw attempts (727), points in a year (732 in 1984) and second (720 in ’83). His name is still peppered all over the Iona College record books despite playing before the advent of the three-point shot! He scored 30 or more points 20 times in his career including a 40 point effort against Holy Cross (in ’84) and 36 against Fairfield the same season. The list is endless.
“Stevie” Burtt teams made three postseason appearances. After a four year absence, Burtt helped lead the Gaels back to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels registered 84 wins in Steve Burtt’s illustrious career where he averaged 20.9 ppg in 121 games. He also had 301 career assists and 419 career rebounds. He is one of three Iona players who has earned All-America kudos. His post Iona College basketball career is also noteworthy. Drafted by the Golden State Warriors upon graduation, he played with them in 1984 and continued to play professionally seeing stints in the NBA, CBA, USBL and WBL. Naturally, Steve Burtt was always highly regarded by the teams he played for-his efforts at Iona will never be forgotten.