UCLA Leads for Burns

The #1 player on the west coast, small forward Evan Burns, said that having good friends already at UCLA would influence his decision, and he's going to use the summer to work on academics...

Evan Burns, 6-7 SR SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, has looked good so far at the Nike All-America camp, in the first two days of controlled scrimmages. Coming off a great performance at the NBA Players Camp, many are saying here that Burns is easily among the top 10 players in the country, and possibly even better than that.

Burns said he is really appreciating the experience at Nike this year. "It's my last year," he said. "I'm really using it as an opportunity to do as much as possible. To meet players and have some fun. There are so many guys from all around the country. They call me "Cali," and their accents are making me laugh."

Burns said that his recruiting situation has changed much. When asked for a list of schools he's interested in, Burns said, "UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown, Arizona and San Diego State." He then admitted he had a leader among those. "UCLA is my leader. I like it there. I'm comfortable there. My friends play at UCLA. Dijon [Thompson] and Cedric [Bozeman]. I've known Cedric since junior high. We went to the same junior high together. So, I've played a lot with those guys and I'd really look forward to playing with them in college."

Burns, though, did say that he's going to wait before making a commitment. "I think I'm going to wait until spring," he said. "I want to take my time, see what I can do my senior year. And watch teams and see what's going on with coaches, and see how players do at some places. Like With Dijon and Cedric, see how they get treated."

Is the NBA an option in Burns' mind? "A tiny bit," he said. "But I really don't want to think about it. I just want to get done what I have to get done now."

Speaking of getting business done, Burns said that, after the Nike Camp, he won't play any other AAU ball. "After this I'm done," he said. "I'm going to go home and study. I'm taking the SAT in October and I'm taking an SAT prep course." Burns said he has a 2.3 core GPA, and said that he isn't taking summer school this July but putting his time into studying for the SAT.

Would he consider verbally committing early and then possibly signing in April? "Probably not. If I commit, I want to really do it. The whole nine yards."

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