Burns averaged 22.7 points and 10.5 rebounds as a senior, leading Fairfax to the Los Angeles City Finals. He was named to many national All-American teams, including the prestigious McDonald's All-American game.
"Evan is a highly skilled player with the necessary versatility to play both inside and outside at the collegiate level," Head Coach Steve Lavin said. "Recruiting the best players from Southern California will always be a top priority and critical to our program's success. Evan Burns is another tremendous talent in a long list of Los Angeles players who have chosen to stay at home and attend UCLA."
Burns is the third incoming UCLA freshman who has signed a NLI to play men's basketball for the Bruins next season. He will be joining Michael Fey (6-11, 245-pound center from Capital HS in Olympia, WA) and Matt McKinney (6-8, 200-pound forward from Santa Ynez, CA HS who will also be on the Bruin men's volleyball team). Also joining the Bruins, at the conclusion of the 2002 collegiate football campaign, will be incoming freshman Marcedes Lewis. Regarded as the No. 1 prep tight end in the U. S. in 2001, Lewis, a 6-7, 240-pounder from Long Beach, CA Poly HS, averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in basketball.