Deonte Burton

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Deonte Burton
No. 4 – Bakersfield Jam
Position Point guard
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1991-07-26) July 26, 1991 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Centennial (Compton, California)
College Nevada (2010–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
2015–present Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Deonte Deron Burton (born July 26, 1991)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. He completed his college career for the University of Nevada, where he was named an All-American in 2012.

High school career[edit]

Burton, a 6'1" point guard, played for Centennial High School in Compton, California. He averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a senior and scored 2000 points in his career. He was named the 2010 division III winner of the John R. Wooden Award, given to the Los Angeles area high school player of the year for each California Interscholastic Federation division.[2]

College career[edit]

Following his high school career, Burton signed with Nevada and was an immediate impact player for the Wolf Pack. He started all 32 games, averaging 13.7 points and 3.5 assists. At the end of the season, Burton was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention all-conference pick.[3]

As a sophomore in 2011–12, Burton improved on these numbers, averaging 14.8 points and 4.2 assists per game and leading Nevada to a WAC regular-season championship. At the end of the regular season, Burton was named WAC Player of the Year and a first team all-league pick.[4] Burton also received national recognition when he was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[5] The Wolf Pack's season ended disappointingly, however, as they were upset in the 2012 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament by Louisiana Tech, then were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament by eventual champion Stanford.

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Burton joined the Washington Wizards for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[6] On September 25, 2014, he signed with the Sacramento Kings.[7] However, he was later waived by the Kings on October 19, 2014.[8] On November 3, 2014, he signed with ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga.[9] In 32 games for ratiopharm, he averaged 2.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

In July 2015, Burton joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the Utah Jazz Summer League.[10] On September 16, he signed with the Phoenix Suns,[11] but did not join the team for training camp.[12] He was later waived by the Suns on October 6.[13] On November 2, he was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Suns.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA.com draft profile". NBA.com. 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "John R. Wooden Award Committee Chooses 2010 High School Players of the Year". John R. Wooden Award. 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Burton Named WAC Freshman of the Year". Nevada Wolf Pack Athletics. 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carter WAC Coach Of The Year, Burton WAC Player Of The Year". Nevada Wolf Pack Athletics. 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Burton named AP Honorable Mention All-American". KRNV News. 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". WizardsMysticsToday.com. July 7, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kings Announce Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kings Waive Bhullar, Burton, Wear". NBA.com. October 19, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Deonte Burton signs with Ratiopharm Ulm". Sportando.com. November 3, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Deonte Burton Joins 76ers Summer League Team". KTVN.com. June 27, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Suns Sign Burton, Casey, Jefferson, Sims, White". NBA.com. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Phoenix Suns' Henry Sims 'anxious' to start preseason". AZCentral.com. October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Suns Waive Deonte Burton". NBA.com. October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jam Announce 2015-16 Training Camp Roster". OurSportsCentral.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 

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