The 2019 basketball class in South Carolina lost a key member Sunday night, and the ’18 class got stronger. 6-9 DJ Burns of York Prep announced he will reclassify from 2019 to 2018 and thus will make his college decision this summer. Burns’ announcement came on the same day he wrapped up his official visit to USC.
“I have all of the courses completed that I would need and instead of going to York Tech or Winthrop and doing a class I decided to go ahead and get the college training and full experience that I would not be able to experience in high school,” Burns said.
His official visit to USC ran from Friday thru Sunday morning and he was joined by his parents and sister. He spent a lot of time with departing guard Frank Booker but it was Frank Martin he got to see up close and personal in a way he never had before.
“They made it very fun and I got to see a side of Coach Martin that you rarely see,” Burns said. “People think he’s just a coach that yells at players and tries to get them fired up. He’s a nice person. Most people don’t see the side of him that I got to see his weekend.”
Personalities aside, Martin and Burns also got down to the business of hoops and how the 6-9 wide body would fit into the Gamecock system.
“He just talked to me about how I play and the things that I can improve on and the things he can help me improve on,” Burns said. “He showed me how I would it in their system and how the players would fit into the system playing beside me and how I would fit being a Gamecock.”
Burns has now taken official visits to USC and Tennessee and he said he’s planning to take more. Virginia and Georgia are two others known to be showing interest and Burns said there are others. Houston offered him last week. Martin and Virginia’s Tony Bennett have had in home visits but Tennessee’s Rick Barnes has not been in.
Burns said the fact he’s taken officials to USC and Tennessee doesn’t give either a leg up in the competition.
“It puts them in my thinking but like I said neither school is ahead yet, so that’s why I don’t have a set time (for a decision.) At this point, I’m starting to narrow things down but actually there’s more than just South Carolina and Tennessee. A lot of other schools have been recruiting me and there are very good options that I’m considering very carefully.”
Burns will attend the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville June 12-17. He was noncommittal about a possible visit to Virginia then saying the rules forbid one during the camp so he would have to go before or after if he decides to visit.