Burrell, a Well-Known Basketball Player and Philanthropist
Burrell amassed an outstanding career as a professional player, spending time with Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls before winning an NBA World Championship team championship with them all in 1998.
Senior year was an outstanding one for Xavier Musketeers as they won both the Atlantic 10 crown and earned another NCAA Tournament bid, thanks to him being second leading scorer on his team.
Early Life and Education
Burrell spent much of his youth playing football, basketball and baseball in Hamden, Connecticut. Basketball was his chosen form of expression as it offered more enjoyment. Burrell excelled at defensive play.
He attended Hargrave Military Academy before arriving at Xavier University and honing his skills and body. While at Xavier he led his team in scoring while helping them win the championship.
Burrell never seriously considered becoming a coach after college; however, he remained actively engaged in basketball through professional stints in China, Spain and Japan before retiring from professional basketball altogether in 2005. Today he serves as head coach at Southern Connecticut State University men’s team which has achieved back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths under his leadership.
Once his UConn career came to an end under Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun, Burrell went on to a professional basketball career that saw stints with Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls before retiring in 2006.
Burrell continued playing professionally overseas after leaving the NBA, including stints in Japan, China and the Philippines before eventually deciding to end his playing career and retire.
Burrell began coaching as an assistant coach for the Colorado 14ers (now Texas Legends) of the NBA G League before working under Tom Moore at Quinnipiac University as his assistant coach and then becoming head coach before being named director for Division II Southern Connecticut State University and leading them to two NCAA Tournament appearances since 2015-16 season.
Achievement and Honors
Burrell has made numerous accomplishments and honors both on and off the basketball court, which include many achievements and honors that span far beyond his basketball playing days. His magnetic personality draws many admirers to him; furthermore, he is highly involved with charitable work aimed at underprivileged youth through programs designed to aid their development.
Burrell attended Hargrave Military Academy to enhance both his game and body before beginning at Xavier University for his freshman season, quickly making an impression and leading his team in scoring with 12.7 points per game averaged across 13 contests.
Burrell became the inaugural player to earn recognition on UConn Huskies of Honor wall in Gampel Pavilion, joining three head coaches and 21 other players on this esteemed list. Later he would go on to play professionally in the NBA where he would go on to win two championships; post NBA career, Burrell then began coaching college teams.
Burrell is well known in Boca Raton for his charitable activities in the community, hosting fundraisers and charity events to give back. Additionally, he donates time and resources towards local children’s sports programs as well as education initiatives. With two daughters of his own living there, he and his wife reside happily.
Burrell was selected in 1993 for Charlotte Hornets of the NBA where he spent nine seasons. Additionally he spent time with Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets before playing professionally overseas. Burrell currently serves as head coach of Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball team; after serving eight years as assistant at Quinnipiac; winning multiple NCAA tournament bids during his tenure.
Burrell is an esteemed basketball coach who has amassed an immense fortune through his career, amassing over $5 Million in net worth.
At Southern Connecticut State University, he serves as head coach of the men’s basketball team. Under his direction, multiple NCAA Tournament berths have been achieved during his tenure.
Burrell was also an international professional basketball player who represented numerous leagues around the globe – China, Spain and Japan being among them. His first professional contract began at KK Bosna between 2008-2009 before playing for RBC Verviers-Pepinster from 2009 to 2010 before finally making the transition into Generali Okapi Aalstar from 2010 to 2011. Additionally he participated in both the NBA G League and Idaho Stampede before finally playing Bilbao Basket as well as Hitachi Sunrockers of Japan Basketball League Super League competitions.