DJ Burns wrapped up his recruitment yesterday evening at his graduation party. Burns graduated from York Prep a year early and signed his papers to attend the University of Tennessee. Burns was a consensus Top 75 prospect in the 2019 class with offers from all over the country. The high academic Burns wanted to go ahead and wrap things up and chose Tennessee over hometown school the University of South Carolina.
DJ Burns burst onto the scene as an 8th grader in 2015. He played in multiple Phenom Hoops events, he first rose some eye browns participating in Phenom’s Summer Jam, high school team camp with York Prep. Then he came with QCAA 15s to a couple July events and finally he really broke himself onto the map at Phenom’s Fall NC Phenom 150 exposure camp.
Ever since that camp, Burns has been a name on the national radar. He has hoovered, in rankings, between the 40-75 range. Burns has a very interesting skill set, reminding many of a Zach Randolph type big. He has great hands and pure touch from the elbows. He is able to score with his back to the basket, nice comfort over his right shoulder, and in pick/pop situations with his feet set. Probably his must under rated aspect to his game is his passing ability and court vision.
Burns has participated in the prestigious South Carolina Top 80 exposure camp his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, winning camp MVP for his stand out sophomore performance. After his most recent SC Top 80 performance, we wrote, “In a basketball world where the traditional post-up big man is fading, Burns stays true to his back-to-basket game and has elevated his level of play on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he must be doubled on nearly every post touch or he will cook individual defenders and score with ease. Burns can shoot quite well for his size and is capable of stepping out and knocking down midrange shots with regularity (and even an occasional three-pointer). On the defensive end, Burns uses his size to effectively keep his man secure and rebound the ball at a high rate. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his quickness, as it would make him virtually unguardable down low. Coach Porter on Burns: “It’s easy to see why DJ is one of the top players in the country. Always smiling, he has a deep bag of tricks in the post and can score against the best of them. His outlet pass is top notch and he possesses the full package: size, skill, vision, unselfish play, etc. DJ runs very well for his size and is easily one of the most impressive bigs in his class; easily a HM-level talent.” This high praise should come as no surprise for those that have enjoyed watching Burns perform and develop as a prospect. It will be exciting to see where he decides to further his education and playing career.”
Tennessee is getting an unbelievable kid who comes from a great family. Congrats DJ!!
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