Spotlight On Scott Burrell

The Hartford Courant

First and foremost, Burrell thew "The Pass" to Tate George, who hit "The Shot." Burrell inbounded from UConn's baseline, throwing the ball to the far corner for George, whose turnaround jumper at the buzzer gave UConn a one-point victory over Clemson in the Sweet 16 of the 1990 NCAA Tournament. It is one of the most famous plays in UConn history – rivaled only, perhaps, by the closing seconds of the Huskies' national championship game victory over Duke in 1999.

Burrell, from Hamden, is UConn's all-time leader in steals (310) and steals per game (2.6). Tate George is second in total steals (201) and Doron Sheffer is second in per-game average (1.9). Burrell is 15th on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 1,562 points. He averaged 16.3 as a junior in 1991-92 and 16.3 as a senior.

He was the first player ever to finish a Division I career with 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 300 steals and 275 assists.

NBA highlights: Burrell was selected in the first round, 20th overall, by Charlotte in the 1993 NBA draft. He spent three years with the Hornets before being traded to Golden State for Donald Royal during the 1997 season. Seven months later, he was traded to the Bulls for Dickey Simpkins.

In 1998, Burrell played alongside Michael Jordan and appeared in 80 games for the NBA champion Bulls. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds that season.

Burrell's best individual season was when he averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 1994-95, a sseason cut short because he torn his Achilles' tendon. The next season, he returned and averaged 13.2 points in 20 games for the Hornets, starting all 20.

In his eight-year NBA career, Burrell averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. Burrell continued his career overseas with stints in Japan, Spain, Philippines and China.

Life Away From UConn: Burrell was once considered a top baseball prospect. He was drafted in the first round by the Mariners out of Hamden High School and considered skipping college to begin life in the minor leagues. Instead, he chose to play for Jim Calhoun, then was drafted in the fifth round by the Blue Jays after his freshman year at UConn.

Burrell did spend summers playing minor league ball, but as one of the most athletic and disruptive players in the nation, it was clear only basketball would be in his future for the long haul.

Today, it's still all about basketball. Burrell just finished his third season as an assistant to coach Tom Moore at Quinnipiac and remains active in the Hamden area. Burrell also returned to UConn and earned his degree in 2010.

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