By Diane A. Rhodes
But family and friends of the Oregon State freshman are not living in the past. Rather, they are looking to the future as Burton plays in the Beavers' first exhibition game of the season Sunday. He plays forward and center for the team.
"Joseph was always into basketball," said his mother, Dondi Silvas-Nichols. "He was raised on the reservation, but we moved into Hemet so he could go to West Valley High--he wanted to play on the best basketball team in the valley."
Burton, 18, also played basketball with the Compton Magic travel team, based in Corona.
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Below: "Dondi Silvas-Nichols, center, holds a portrait of her son Joseph Burton, who received a basketball scholarship to Oregon State. Burton's fans include family members, from left, aunt Denise Silvas-Thomas, cousin Shayna Silvas-Thomas, grandpa Charles Silvas and grandma Yvonne Silvas. Supporters not pictured include stepdad Kendall Nichols and uncle DeMario Thomas. The watercolor of Burton was painted by family friend Keith Cameron." (Diane A. Rhodes/The Press-Enterprise)