UND Roster

2018-19 Men's Basketball Roster

#12 Elijah Burns


Height 6'8''
Weight 238 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Troy, NY
High School Blair Academy (N.J.


  • 2016 ACC Academic Honor Roll


  • Fully healthy after dealing with lingering injury issues throughout his first three years in the program.
  • A senior who retains a year of eligibility after sitting out his freshman season recovering from an off-season surgery before his arrival at Notre Dame.
  • Poised to be a major factor in the front court rotation in 2018-19.


  • Sidelined with knee pain for the final two games of the season (vs. Hampton and Penn State in the NIT).
  • Matched his career-high for rebounds (7) in just 11 minutes of action against Pittsburgh (2/28/18).
  • Contributed a solid 13 minutes in the win over Florida State (2/10/18) with five points and two rebounds. His shot-clock-beating jumper at the top of the key with 6:58 left put the Irish up five points at a key time in the contest.
  • Played 19 minutes (second-highest total of his career) at Duke (1/29/18).
  • Logged solid minutes against Virginia Tech (1/27/18) and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds, including three offensive boards.
  • Made his first career start at Georgia Tech (1/10/18), finishing with two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
  • Played the best game of his career back in his home state at Syracuse (1/6/18), logging a career-high 21 minutes with seven points – and made two key plays down the stretch of the victory.
  • His put back with 4:45 remaining cut the Syracuse lead to one point and he followed with two clutch free throws with 59 seconds remaining to put the Irish up 49-46 in the game’s final minute. The Irish would go on to win 51-49.
  • Grabbed six rebounds in 13 minutes of action against Southeastern Louisiana (12/21/17).
  • Broke out for seven points against Mount St. Mary’s (11/13/17), playing 15 minutes and hitting his first career three-point field goal.
  • First big man off the bench in Notre Dame’s season-opening victory at DePaul (11/11/17).


  • Ended up appearing in 11 games during his first active year with the program, including four ACC game appearances.
  • Logged eight minutes of action against North Carolina A&T (12/4/16).
  • Recorded his first official field goal, a dunk, in the victory over Chicago State (11/26/16) also posting three rebounds.
  • Saw his first action in a Notre Dame uniform in the season-opening victory over Bryant (11/12/16), playing six minutes and hitting five-of-six free throws.


  • Did not play in 2015-16 after recovering from offseason ankle surgery.


  • Spent three years at LaSalle Institute in his hometown of Troy, NY, before transferring to Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ, where he played two years.
  • Blair Academy program has produced current National Basketball Association players Luol Deng, Royal Ivey and Charlie Villanueva.
  • Underwent ankle surgery in March of 2015 and was unable to participate in any postseason events.
  • Invited to play in Jordan Brand Regional All-Star game.
  • Earned a spot on the 2014 U18 United States squad that played in the Albert Schwietzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany, an international basketball competition held every two years and played between junior youth national basketball teams. Helped his team to the silver medal in the 16-team competition after losing to Italy in the championship game.
  • Member of Albany City Rocks from 2012-14 and guided two of his squads to consecutive top-three finishes at the national championships — second place (2014) and third place (2013).


  • Full name is Elijah Ross Burns.
  • Born in Troy, New York.
  • Son of Harold and Dolores Burns along with older brother, Jordan.
  • Participated in a National Youth Leadership Conference.
  • One of Notre Dame’s representatives on the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Council.
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in psychology.