Burns finds fit with Notre Dame

Power forward Elijah Burns of Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy talks about his commitment to Notre Dame and what individual skills he'll bring to the Irish squad.

Notre Dame picked up a commitment from three-star power forward Elijah Burns over the weekend. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound power forward of Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy chose the Irish without ever setting foot on campus.

"I felt comfortable committing even though I had never visited because of how academically prestigious Notre Dame is," Burns said. "Academically, it's a great school. There were some other schools that I was looking at, but none of them were like Notre Dame in academics."

"Also, a chance to play against the highest level of competition in the ACC is an added bonus."

Burns chose the Irish over George Washington Seton Hall, Temple and VCU.

"Notre Dame offered me in April and ever since then I was very high on them," Burns said. "I kept in touch a lot with Coach (Mike) Brey and Coach (Anthony) Solomon."

Burns, who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds last season as a junior, attributes his mental approach to the game as his greatest strength.

"I would say my attitude is one of my best assets," Burns said. "I'm versatile and willing to do the dirty work down low. Coach Brey saw that in me, and that's something he liked. I rebound, expand plays and handle the ball well."

Burns, who plays AAU ball for the Albany City Rocks, will visit Notre Dame for the first time this fall.

"I'll be there for when Notre Dame plays Michigan on Sept. 7," Burns said. "I'm really excited about it."

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