Scott David Burrell (born January 12, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player and current Head coach for Southern Connecticut State 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).
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 head men’s basketball coach at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He was hired on July 13, 2015. He had previously coach at Quinnipiac University in his hometown of Hamden, Connecticut, where he coached 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 May 26, 2014.
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1998)
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,649 (6.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,332 (3.5 rpg)
Assists 527 (1.4 apg)