Player

Nat Burton

Perth Lynx DOB: 23 Mar 1989 Height: 194 cm Position: Centre Number: 10

Hometown: Perth, WA

Junior Association: Perry Lakes (WA)

Current Club: Perth Lynx (WNBL)

International Debut: 2013

Biography

The late-blooming Burton has emerged as another high-quality front court player among the Australian Opals ranks after getting her first national team call-up under Head Coach Brendan Joyce in 2013. The then 24-year-old looked at home on the international stage in her debut series against China, with her soft touch and quickness inside a highlight.

In 2008 Burton made the move to the United States, joining West Virginia University in the Big East conference. As a freshman Burton excelled, starting 31 of 33 games – the second most starts by a freshman in school history.

While Burton would not return as a starter for the remaining three years of her stay with the Mountaineers, the 194cm centre finished her career with the second highest field goal percentage in school history.

After some time off, Burton was lured into training with the West Coast Waves, signing on with her hometown team for the 2012/13 WNBL season. In a strong debut campaign, Burton finished the season as one of the Waves’ top performers.

A call-up for the Emerging Opals training camp led to her first senior national team appearance against China, followed by her first international medal – bronze at the 2013 World University Games.

This also led to a call-up to the Opals team that would defeat New Zealand to claim the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships. After a second season in Perth, Burton took up a scholarship at the Basketball Australian National Centre of Excellence and played for the Melbourne Boomers in the 2014/15 WNBL season.

Burton had a busy start to 2015, moving back to Western Australia to join new WNBL team Perth Lynx. She was also a member of the Opals team which won the FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand that year and 2016 shapes as just as successful after finishing Runners-Up in the WNBL season and earning a spot in the national team for Rio.

Previous Clubs:

2008-2012 – West Virginia University (NCAA)
2012-2014 – West Coast Waves (WNBL)
2014-2015 - Melbourne Boomers (WNBL)
2015-Current - Perth Lynx (WNBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA World Championship: 2014 (Bronze)
World University Games: 2013 (Bronze)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2013, 2015
2nd all-time in career Field Goal percentage in WVU history (52.8)

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