Burns No Longer a Freshman

The late Al McGuire always said, "The best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores." With Coach McGuire's wise words in mind, DePaul guard Draelon Burns is completing the transition from freshman to sophomore.

As a freshman for the DePaul Blue Demons, Burns averaged 12.5 minutes and 3.4 points per game. His numbers did increase as the season went on. Draelon was much more of a factor in February and March, than he was earlier in the season. Burns provided a much needed spark off the bench as a freshman. He showed us all glimpses of things to come in his career as a Blue Demon.

One of Burns' best performances last season came vs. Tulane in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament. In that game Draelon had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. He excelled when shooting in the open floor.

Draelon is optimistic on the team's chances as they move from Conference USA to the Big East under the guidance of new head coach Jerry Wainwright. "It's going pretty good," said Burns. "Coach Wainwright is trying to get our confidence back up right now. He's a good coach. He's a good guy."

During the offseason, Burns has kept himself occupied with summer classes in June and July. He has been focusing on his game and improving his defense. Draelon has been working on his strength and conditioning through offseason workouts recommended by the coaching staff and Tim Lang (the DePaul Strength and Conditioning Coach). "Coach Wainwright, he's big on the weights," observed Burns. "Conditioning, weights, defense, he's big on all those things."

Draelon Burns will no doubt see increased playing time this season due to the loss of seniors Drake Diener and Levar Seals. Look for Burns to bring his smile, enthusiasm, and work ethic to the court for DePaul this fall.

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