2004's Burns Makes Decision

Commitments from the Class of 2004 are still trickling in. Just this week, possibly the best available senior wing player made a commitment.

The DePaul Blue Demons added guard Draelon Burns this week. After visiting the school unofficially, the 6-foot-3 Burns committed to the Blue Demons on Friday.

"They were sending me information and they talked to me during my junior," Burns said. "Then, like a week ago they called me up and asked me what I was doing and if I picked a school. They asked me to come down there as soon as possible."

Burns, a native of Milwaukee, attended Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina last season where he played combo guard. Known primarily for his ability to score, he demonstrated proficiency with his jump shot at Laurinburg.

"They'll want me to score and come in and take some slack off Drake Diener.

"I think it's a great fit because I wanted to be close to home and at my position there is only one senior. I know I can come in and play good minutes, maybe even start if I workout good."

It's surprising that a player of his stock was available so late in the summer. However, many thoughts Burns was not going to qualify. Once it became crystal clear that he was going to make it academically, New Mexico State and then DePaul swooped in.


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