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D.J. Burns enjoying his visits

Rock Hill, South Carolina 2019 post player D.J. Burns is finishing up his sophomore season at York Preparatory Academy. His sophomore season has led to increased interest in Burns.


Burns now has 14 offers and he feels once the AAU season begins, he’ll be receiving additional offers. “I’m just taking it in and seeing how those schools play and if I think I would fit into their system. I know what fits me best and what will make me a better player so it will interesting to see which schools will be there at the end when I pick a school to attend.”

Georgia Tech, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, and North Carolina have all received recent visits from Burns. “Each trip is great and I’m having a good time visiting those schools.”

The most recent visit for D.J. was to Tech for their game with Syracuse. “They are playing great. They play hard each game. I love how well they are coached and how the players respond to Coach (Josh) Pastner.”

D.J. could see himself playing in the Tech system. “I love how they are continually pushing the ball up the court on offense and they are very quick to get back on defense.” Burns has also noticed how Tech post player Ben Lammers has exceled in the Tech system. “Right now I am 6’ 9”- 250 and they tell me I’m going to continue to grow. I feel that I can flourish under Coach Pastner’s system and become an even better player.”

Tech, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, and Winthrop are the schools that D.J. feels are recruiting him the hardest right now. “I get the most from them and it seems that I talk to them the most.” Location will not be an issue in D.J.’s recruitment even though two of those are in-state schools. The style of play and the inside-out game are two things that Burns will be looking at in his recruitment.  

Will D.J. be a one and done type player? “The only way I would leave college early is if the scouts, my college coach, and everyone in the know says I will be a sure first round pick or maybe even in the lottery. If I can’t see that, then I will stay in college and play and continue to get my degree.”

Burns will begin his AAU season in the middle of March. “We have a couple of tournaments already set up and we will get into the swing of it.”

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