York Prep junior big man D.J. Burns got a big surprise Friday night.
Burns recently recorded both his 1,000th career point and 1,000th career rebound. Friday night at halftime of the Patriots’ home game with Cardinal Newman, he was presented with a basketball commemorating both milestones. His parents were called out to halfcourt with him while head coach Frank Hamrick made the presentation and said a few words about his young center.
“This really surprises me,” Burns said.
“I got a text from someone saying ‘congratulations on your thousandth point’ about two weeks ago, and I texted Coach and said ‘I’ve got a thousand points?’ He said ‘I don’t know, I’ll check,’ and he’s been saying that for about two weeks. So I had no idea tonight. It was a big surprise.”
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Burns is being courted heavily by a number of Division I schools, including the Virginia Cavaliers, the team that is currently about to be ranked No. 1 in the nation. He said he doesn’t have a favorite school or even a leader right now.
As for the ceremony, there was also a Senior Night send-off for the two Patriots seniors before the game, so Hamrick had to do a lot of talking. He got a little emotional when talking about Burns, his first player to be offered a Division I scholarship.
“The greatest among you will be a servant,” Hamrick said. “And that’s what D.J. is, and that’s what I want for him. As he goes forward, and he’s always that guy, I want him to be a servant.”
YORK PREP RALLIES
And oh by the way, there was a game on the court. And it was one of the best you will see.
The Patriots rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth period and went on to defeat a good Cardinal Newman team 83-79 in double overtime. The Cardinals came in 22-4 and YPA was 23-5. Deuce Dean, who led the Patriots with 22 points, nailed a huge three-pointer with under 10 seconds to play in regulation that tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Senior Jaron Williams, who was also honored for his 1,000th point before the game, calmly drilled two monster three-pointers in the last minute of regulation. He had 15 points. Freshman Cobe Wright had 18 points for York Prep, including five three-pointers.
Burns had six of his 16 points in the overtime sessions and the game-saving block with 3.6 seconds left and YPA clinging to a 2-point lead after the Pats had missed four straight free throws.