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Scott Burrell

Scott Burrell
Qunnipiac Bobcats
Position Assistant coach
League Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1971-01-12) January 12, 1971 (age 45)
New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Hamden (Hamden, Connecticut)
College Connecticut (1989–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 1993–2006
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 24, 23, 2
Coaching career 2007–present
Career history
As player:
19931997 Charlotte Hornets
1997 Golden State Warriors
1997–1998 Chicago Bulls
19992000 New Jersey Nets
2000–2001 Charlotte Hornets
2001–2002 Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)
2002–2003 Shaanxi Gaitianli Kylins (China)
2003–2004 Batang Red Bull Thunder (Philippines)
2004–2005 Idaho Stampede (CBA)
2005 Bilbao Berri (Spain)
2005–2006 Hitachi SunRockers (Japan)
As coach:
2007–present Quinnipiac (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,649 (6.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,332 (3.5 rpg)
Assists 527 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Scott David Burrell (born January 12, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player and current assistant coach for Quinnipiac University. He has played internationally and was also a professional baseball player. Burrell was also the first American athlete to be a first round draft-pick of two major sporting organizations (the NBA and MLB).

Early life

Burrell was born in New Haven, Connecticut. A 6'7" multi-sport star at Hamden High School in Connecticut, Burrell was drafted by baseball's Seattle Mariners during his senior year. The Mariners wanted to develop Burrell as a pitcher and suggested that he bypass college for the minor leagues. However, Burrell wanted to attend college and made plans to play football and baseball at the University of Miami (FL) before University of Connecticut assistant basketball coach Howie Dickenman convinced Burrell to play basketball for the Huskies.

College career

After his freshman year at University of Connecticut, Burrell was drafted by another baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, and Burrell decided to spend his summers playing minor league baseball while concentrating on basketball for the rest of the year. Burrell's basketball career would quickly overshadow his baseball career, however, as he became the first player in NCAA history to compile over 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 275 assists and 300 steals. Scott is known for his full court pass with 1 second on the clock to Tate George, who hit a shot as time expired to beat Clemson in the East Regional Semi-final in the 1990 NCAA tournament.

Professional career

Burrell was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 20th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. He averaged 4.8 points per game during his rookie season, but he blossomed during his sophomore year, averaging 11.5 points and finishing third in voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award. That year, he also finished third at the AT&T Long-Distance Shootout. During the 1995-96 NBA season, however, injuries limited Burrell to 20 games, and he would be reduced to a supporting role during the rest of his career. He split the 1996-97 season between the Hornets and the Golden State Warriors, averaging only 5.9 points per game, before being traded by the Warriors to the Chicago Bulls for Dickey Simpkins in the fall of 1997. However, Burrell was able to win his first and only NBA Championship ring during his season with the Bulls, and he would play three more seasons after that (with the New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Hornets) before taking his career overseas. Burrell's international stops have included China, the Philippines, and Japan.


Burrell is currently the assistant men's basketball coach at Quinnipiac University in his hometown of Hamden, Connecticut. He coaches under former UConn assistant coach Tom Moore. Burrell went back to school and received his Bachelor's degree in General Studies from the University of Connecticut on May 8, 2010. He was honored with Scott Burrell Day in Hamden on 2/26/2014. [1]


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