Updated on 6/29/23. Written by Alan Lu.
College: NC State
Classification: Sixth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Solid low post scorer
Adequate playmaker for his size
Solid shot blocker
Above average athlete
Has great strength
Needs to improve his face-up game
Must extend his shooting range
Not an elite rebounder
Not an elite athlete
Lacks ideal lateral quickness
Weight concerns, may be too bulky for the modern NBA game
D.J. Burns is a mobile, skilled big man that turned in a tremendous 18-point, 4-block performance in his team’s January 4th win over Duke. He is a very good scorer out of the post, but there are concerns about if he could effectively make the transition to the modern NBA game. He will need to add more range to his jump shot and show that he can defend quicker opponents at higher levels, but his ability to make plays in the paint and strong performance against Duke could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA in the future.
1/4/23 NC State vs. Duke
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