November 10, 2009

Scott Burrell To Be Inducted Into New Haven Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame Tonight

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Scott Burrell will be inducted into the New Haven Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame tonight at the Foxon Country House. Burrell will join Joe Carfora, Nick Economopoulos, Archie Tracy, Tina Gonyea, Ann Moscovics and April Hunt in being inducted.

"It's definitely a great honor," said Burrell. "To get put into any hall of fame, it's a thrill. There's an elite group of people from this area who have done a lot of things for basketball, on and off the court, and it's a great honor to join those people."

One of the most accomplished players in the history of collegiate basketball in the state of Connecticut, Scott Burrell enters his third season as an assistant coach on the Quinnipiac men's basketball staff. Burrell joined Tom Moore's staff in July 2007 after a professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) that spanned more than a decade and included a World Championship title with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Previously, Burrell was an assistant coach with the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Developmental League. He spent eight seasons as a player in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets. He also played professionally in Japan, Spain, the Philippines and China.

Burrell was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round (No.20 overall) in the 1993 NBA Draft after an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Connecticut. At the conclusion of his career, he was the first player in NCAA Division I history to have topped 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 300 steals and 275 assists.

During his four seasons at UConn (1989-93), he set a UConn record with 310 career steals and also closed his career in second place on the Huskies' all-time list in blocked shots (129). He also ranked eighth all-time in scoring (1,562 points).

A three-sport scholastic standout at Hamden (Conn.) High School, Burrell was selected by the Seattle Mariners as a pitcher in the first round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft, but chose to attend UConn instead. A year later, he was a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays. He played two years of professional baseball in the Toronto minor league system.

Burrell remains the only athlete in major professional sports history to be drafted in the first round in two sports.