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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 seventh 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.
Burrell, a native of Hamden, Conn., joined the Bobcats after a successful professional career that spanned from 1993 until 2006. During that time he played for the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets. Burrell’s NBA career averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the field. He topped off his professional résumé when he won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. During his Championship season, Burrell played with stars Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Tony Kukoc, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Michael Jordan.
More recently, Burrell was an assistant coach with the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League. Before coaching the 14ers, Burrell spent the previous five years playing professionally in Japan, Spain, the Philippines and China.
Burrell remains the only athlete ever to be a first-round draft pick in two professional sports. In high school Burrell was a three sport star, in football, basketball and baseball. Following high school, Burrell was drafted in the first round of the 1989 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners (and drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays the following year), but he chose to attend the University of Connecticut where he played basketball instead.
Burrell established himself as an NCAA legend during his career at UConn, where he helped his team to its first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is the first player in NCAA Division I history to top 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 275 assists and 300 steals for his career. During his four seasons at UConn he averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field. He set a UConn record with 310 career steals and graduated as the school’s second all-time leader in blocked shots while also finishing eighth on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list. Following his college career, Burrell was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 1993 NBA Draft.
Burrell earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010.