Memphis, Tennessee, June 24, 2004 — The Grizzlies acquired the draft rights to 35th pick Andre Emmett from the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for a second round pick in 2005 and cash considerations, and also acquired the draft rights to 36th pick Antonio Burks from the Orlando Magic in exchange for cash considerations. In addition, the Grizzlies selected Sergei Lishouk from Ukraine with the 49th pick in the NBA Draft.
“We are delighted to acquire what we perceive as two of the best athletes in the draft in Andre Emmett and Antonio Burks,” said Memphis Grizzlies President of Basketball Operations Jerry West. “As a staff, coaches included, we wanted athletes, and both Andre and Antonio are complete players. In Sergei we acquire a big forward who we feel will eventually be able to provide a rebounding presence for our team.”
Burks, a Memphis native who attended Booker T. Washington High School and the University of Memphis, averaged 16.0 ppg and 5.5 apg as a senior with the Tigers, and averaged 11.2 ppg and 5.4 apg in his three-year career at the University of Memphis. He was named the Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior, and is only the fourth player in school history with 1,000 points, 450 assists and 170 steals, joining former Tigers Andre Turner, Elliot Perry and Otis Jackson. Burks ranks fifth all-time in steals (177) and sixth in assists (487), and led the team in assists in all three of his seasons at Memphis.
Emmett averaged 20.6 ppg on 52.6% shooting as a senior, and averaged 17.6 ppg on 50.0% shooting in his four-year career at Texas Tech. He became the first player in Big 12 history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team in three consecutive seasons. Emmett finished his four-year career as Texas Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 2,256 points, and capped his collegiate career by being named Second Team All-America by The Associated Press as a senior.
Lishouk averaged 16.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg in nine games last season with Khimik Yuzhniy in the Europe Cup. Prior to that, he averaged 11.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 172 games over five seasons with Pulsa Rovno in the Ukrainian League. He made his pro debut during the 1998-99 season with Pulsar Rovno in the Ukraine and played there for five seasons. Lishouk then left for Khimik Yuzhniy, also in his native Ukraine, in 2003-04. He was a member of the Ukrainian National Team, competing in the European Championships in Turkey in 2001, and played in the European Championships for Under-20 Men in Lithuania in 2002, as a member of the Ukrainian Under-20 National Team.