Pat Burke

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Pat Burke
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Personal information
Born (1973-12-14) December 14, 1973 (age 44)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Mariner (Cape Coral, Florida)
College Auburn (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2009
Position Center
Career history
1997–1998 TAU Cerámica
1998–2001 Panathinaikos
2001–2002 Maroussi
2002–2003 Orlando Magic
2003–2004 Gran Canaria
2004–2005 Real Madrid
20052007 Phoenix Suns
2007–2008 Khimki BC
2008–2009 Asseco Prokom Sopot
Career highlights and awards

Patrick John Burke (born December 14, 1973) is an Irish former professional basketball player. Burke (whose family moved from Tullamore, to Cleveland, Ohio, when he was three years old)[1] competed in the National Basketball Association and also played in Europe, ending his career with the Polish club Asseco Prokom Sopot. He was a co-captain of the senior Irish national basketball team, and also represented his country at the World University Games.

Youth and early life[edit]

Burke played high school basketball at Mariner High School, in Cape Coral, Florida. Burke played college basketball at Auburn University, with the Auburn Tigers, from 1993 to 1997.

Professional career[edit]

NBA[edit]

After not being drafted out of Auburn University, in 1997, Burke became the first Irish born player in NBA history when he signed a contract with the Orlando Magic in 2002.[citation needed] He played in 62 games with them, averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He did not play in the NBA during the 2003-04 NBA season, or the 2004-05 NBA season. In his return to the NBA, he played for the Phoenix Suns for two seasons. He was also in training camp with the Golden State Warriors in 2007 before being released.

Europe[edit]

Burke was a EuroLeague champion with Panathinaikos in the 1999-00 season, and he also helped the "Greens" to win three consecutive Greek League, titles from 1999 to 2001. In Europe, Burke also played with the Spanish clubs Tau Ceramica, Gran Canaria and Real Madrid, and Maroussi in Greece. He helped Real to the final of the ULEB Cup (now called EuroCup) in 2004, and to the Spanish League title in 2005.

In November 2007, Burke signed with the Russian team Khimki.[2] Burke helped Khimki win their first Russian Cup title. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, in 211 career games played over all of the different European leagues that he competed in. In 2008, he moved to the Polish club Asseco Prokom Sopot,[3] and he helped the team to win the league's title.

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