Chris Burgess

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Chris Burgess
Personal information
Born (1979-04-23) April 23, 1979 (age 37)
Provo, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 244.2 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft 2002 / Undrafted
Playing career 2002–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
2002 Idaho Stampede
2003 Tuborg
2004–2005 Cairns Taipans
2005 San Miguel Beermen
2005–2006 Cairns Taipans
2006 Criollos de Caguas
2006–2007 Mobis Phoebus
2007–2008 TTNet Beykoz
2008 Gigantes de Carolina
2008 BC Donetsk
2008–2009 Erdemirspor
2009–2010 Al Wasl
2010 Sharjah
2010–2011 Zastal Zielona Góra
2011–2012 Trefl Sopot
2012 Guaynabo Mets
2012–2013 Baniyas
2013 Al Ahli
2013 Al Shabab

Chris Burgess (born April 23, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. Burgess started his freshman year at Mater Dei High School, then transferred to his local school Woodbridge High School in California and played his remaining high school years. He then attended Duke University and University of Utah. Although Burgess attended training camp with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, and played on several NBA Summer League teams, he never played in a regular-season NBA game. He did, however, play professional basketball in a variety of leagues in various parts of the world. In 2013, he officially retired from professional basketball and joined the coaching staff at the University of Utah as an undergraduate assistant coach.

College career[edit]

Out of high school, Burgess was recruited by several high-profile programs, and he eventually narrowed the choices to Duke and BYU. After consideration, he signed with the Blue Devils. Burgess' decision to attend Duke rather than BYU prompted a controversial series of comments from Cougar head coach Roger Reid, who accused Burgess of letting down his religion by turning down the offer from BYU. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Burgess was anticipated by many in the community to sign with BYU, which is owned and operated by that faith. Coach Reid's tirade was the straw that broke the back of his already strained relationship with the university; he was fired by the athletics department in consequence of the remarks and his team's 1-6 start to the season.[1]

Burgess played alongside William Avery, Shane Battier, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette at Duke University for two years between 1997-1999 (i.e. the 1998 and 1999 seasons) under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke made the Elite Eight and the NCAA National Championship game in Burgess's two seasons. He averaged 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot 50.8% from the field while averaging 12.5 minutes a game as a freshman. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, & shot 61.4% from the field while averaging 15.6 minutes a game as a sophomore. He left Duke as the 23rd all-time leading blocks leader.[2] His performance fell short of the high expectations heaped on the McDonald's High School All-American when Burgess first chose Duke over BYU.

Burgess transferred to the University of Utah under head coach Rick Majerus. At Utah, Burgess suffered three different injuries. His redshirt year he suffered a bulged disc in his back. His Junior year, he was forced out of six games due to a broken left ankle. After a solid start to his senior season, Burgess tore his right plantar fascia on national TV vs. Texas, forcing him to miss the remainder of his senior year[3][citation needed]. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and shot 53.5% from the field while averaging 21.6 minutes a game his junior year. He averaged a team high in 5 statistical categories with 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and shot 66% from the field while averaging 25.5 minutes a game his senior year.

NBA career[edit]

2002-2003 - Invited and attended training camp for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.[4]

2002 - Salt Lake Mountain Revue Summer League with Phoenix Suns

2003 - Boston Summer League with Boston Celtics

2004 - Orlando Summer league & Las Vegas Summer League with Boston Celtics

2006 - Las Vegas Summer League with Washington Wizards

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