Deonte Burton was born in 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the son of Charles Burton and the late Barbara Burton-Malone. Deonte is the youngest of seven children (one sister and five brothers). Burton played high school basketball at Harold S. Vincent High School in his hometown of Milwaukee and averaged 17.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He started his college days at Marquette so he could be close to his family, which allowed Barbara to watch his games in person. When Barbara passed, he transferred to Iowa State. While playing for the Cyclones, Burton started wearing pink shoes to honor his mother, who died of breast cancer in 2014. He continues to wear pink shoes while playing in the NBA. Burton also started his charity, "Pink Legacy," in honor of his mom, to assist with breast cancer awareness. In his spare time, Burton enjoys writing poetry. Follow Burton on Instagram (@godzgift_30). Burton started his college career at Marquette University in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After his freshman year in 2013-14, he was selected as a Big East Conference All-Freshman Winner. Sadly, tragedy struck during his sophomore season. His mother, Barbara Burton-Malone, passed away after a bout with cancer. A distraught Burton, who had grown accustomed to having his mother attend his games at Marquette, decided he needed a change and transferred to Iowa State. During his junior season, Burton averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. He had a breakout game versus TCU, where he scored 23 points and gathered 14 rebounds. During his senior season (2016-17), he played and started all 35 games for the Cyclones. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He was just the fourth player in Big 12 history to collect 60 steals and 40 blocks while scoring at least 15 points per game. Burton earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors, as Iowa State won its third title in four seasons. After Iowa State, Burton played one season overseas for the Wonju Dongbu Promy of the Korean Basketball League. His impressive across-the-board stats in Korea led to the Thunder signing Burton to a two-way contract for the 2018-19 season.