The man who delivered the greatest pass in UConn history is about to get a warm reception.
Scott Burrell, the UConn basketball standout who threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass to Tate George in the final second of the Huskies’ stunning victory over Clemson in the 1990 NCAA Tournament, will join the Huskies of Honor this fall. His No. 24 jersey will be placed on the wall of Gampel Pavilion during a ceremony Nov. 2 before the Huskies face Southern Connecticut State in an exhibition.
Burrell will be honored just before the Owls and Huskies tip off in Storrs at 7 p.m.
Burrell, now the head coach at Southern, was a standout football, basketball and baseball player at Hamden High. He later became the first man to ever be drafted in the first round of both the Major League Baseball and NBA drafts.
“I am proud and honored to be included with the many great UConn players who are in the Huskies of Honor,” Burrell said in a statement. “Being born and brought up in Connecticut, it was a dream come true to attend UConn and to play basketball for Coach (Jim) Calhoun. It obviously has shaped the rest of my life and brought me to where I am today. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The 6-foot-7 Burrell was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 1989 baseball draft but opted to attend UConn to play basketball anyway. During UConn’s Dream Season of 1989-90, which saw the Huskies win their first-ever Big East title, Burrell and George combined to provide an exclamation point with a stunning final play against Clemson. The Huskies would lose to Duke two days later on another buzzer-beater, this one from Christian Laettner.
Over four years at UConn Burrell totaled 1,562 points, 752 rebounds, 293 assists and 310 steals. He remains the school’s all-time leader in the final category.
A three-time All-Big East performer, Burrell was drafted with the 20th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1993. In 1998 he became the first UConn basketball alumnus to win an NBA title, doing so with the Chicago Bulls.
Burrell spent eight years as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac under Tom Moore, who is now a UConn assistant. He has won 56 games over his first three years at Southern.
Burrell will become the 21st player to be honored at UConn with a jersey plaque on the Huskies of Honor wall, which also includes three coaches (Hugh Greer, Dee Rowe, Jim Calhoun) and one administrator (John Toner).
The players previously honored are: Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Worthy Patterson, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Bill Corley, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Cliff Robinson, Chris Smith, Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Emeka Okafor, Caron Butler, Rudy Gay, Kemba Walker, and Shabazz Napier.