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One of the most accomplished players in the history of collegiate basketball in the state of Connecticut, Scott Burrell enters his sixth season as an assistant coach of the Quinnipiac men's basketball program. 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.
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.
Burrell earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010.