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2024 Men's Final Four

‘It’s been everything I could ask for’, NC State’s DJ Burns Jr. reflects on historic season

Despite falling short to Purdue in the Final Four, DJ Burns Jr. and the North Carolina State Wolfpack put together a legendary season.

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Burns played his final season at the collegiate level and went out memorably.

Improbable run

The Wolfpack (26-15) secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament after defeating all odds and winning the ACC Tournament for the first time in over 30 years.

While they were unable to make a National Championship appearance, making it this far as a No. 11 seed is an impressive feat.

Burns and Former ASU guard DJ Horne helped carry the team to contending for a National Title.

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Burns’ dominance

Burns became a household name for his dominance in the post.

Through NC State’s nine-game winning streak, the 23-year-old averaged 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.

Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) defends North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four game, Saturday, April 6, 2024, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Following the team’s loss to Purdue on Saturday, he emphasized how much this season has meant to him.

“Just to be a part of this (run) has been everything I could ask for,” Burns said. “Didn’t go the way we wanted to go out but this has been an experience like no other.”

This run has caught the eyes of NBA teams and the interest is there for Burns at the next level. While he may not be drafted, the South Carolina native will have an oppurtunity to prove that he can play at the NBA level.

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Burns and the 2024 NC State Wolfpack team will eternally be remembered for making this magical run as a No. 11 seed.


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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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