Local Player Burns Signs Letter With UCLA

April 17, 2002

Evan Burns, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from Fairfax HS in Los Angeles,has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA and will be a truefreshman this fall on the Bruin men's basketball team, UCLA head coachSteve Lavin announced Wednesday.

Burns, a versatile scorer with excellent athletic ability, recently hasappeared in two national prep All-Star games. On April 11, he played in theJordan Brand Capital Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. and onApril 4, he was a member of the West squad at the McDonald's HSAll-American game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Burns will bethe seventh McDonald's All-American to sign with UCLA during Lavin's sixyears as the Bruin head coach. McDonald's All-Americans who have attendedUCLA during the Lavin era are ' Evan Burns '02, Cedric Bozeman '01, JasonKapono '99, Dan Gadzuric, JaRon Rush, Ray Young '98 and Baron Davis '97.As a senior this season, Burns averaged 22.7 points and 10.5 rebounds forcoach Harvey Kitani at Fairfax HS. In 2002 Burns led Fairfax to the LosAngeles City Finals (Fairfax lost to eventual CA State ChampionWestchester).

Along with his prep All-America acclaim, he was also a third-team ParadeAll-America selection, Burns this year was nominated for California Mr.Basketball and earned All-State, Los Angeles Times Central City Player ofthe Year and City Co-Player of the Year (with Westchester's Hassan Adams).Entering his senior year last fall, Burns' preseason honors included 'Street & Smith's third-team All-American and first-team Los AngelesAll-Metro, Athlon No. 3 small forward in the U. S., Basketball News' No. 10Player in the U. S., Hoop Scoop No. 11 Player in the U. S., Lindy's No. 12Player in the U. S., TheInsiders.com No. 13 Player in the U. S., TheSporting News' No. 14 Player in the U. S. and All Star Report No. 17 Playerin the U. S.

As a junior in 2000-01, Burns averaged 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1assists and 2.1 blocked shots a game. Following his junior campaign, Burnswas a two-time All-City honoree and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassselection.

'Evan is a highly skilled player with the necessary versatility to playboth inside and outside at the collegiate level,' Lavin said. 'Recruitingthe best players from Southern California will always be a top priority andcritical to our program's success. Evan Burns is another tremendous talentin a long list of Los Angeles players who have chosen to stay at home andattend UCLA.'

Burns is the third incoming UCLA freshman who has signed a NLI to playmen'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 theBruin men's volleyball team). Also joining the Bruins, at the conclusion ofthe 2002 collegiate football campaign, will be incoming freshman MarcedesLewis. Regarded as the No. 1 prep tight end in the U. S. in 2001, Lewis, a6-6, 240-pounder from Long Beach, CA Poly HS, averaged 19.0 points and 11.0rebounds in basketball.

'Our coaches (Bruin assistants Jim Saia, Gerald Madkins and Patrick Sandle)have put together a balanced incoming freshman class,' Lavin said. 'We workat recruiting as hard as any staff in the country and it's rewarding to seethe results with another top class.'National prep recruiting expert Clark Francis, founder and editor of HoopScoop, also rates Burns as one of the top high school wing players in theU. S.

'Evan Burns is a tremendous talent,' Francis said. 'He can shoot the threeand he played very well last week at the Jordan Brand Capital Classic inWashington, D. C. He's one of the most talented and athletic wing forwardsin the U. S. He's a heck of a talent with a tremendous upside.'

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