Former Sacramento Kings guard Hurley named Buffalo head coach

Bobby HurleyBobby Hurley, the former St. Anthony High star and NCAA champion point guard at Duke, was introduced as the head men’s basketball at Buffalo on March 27, according to AP.

Hurley, 41, completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley.

He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.

At Buffalo, he takes over for Reggie Witherspoon, who was fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons on the job. Witherspoon went 4-20 this past season.

Coached by his father, Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr., the most successful boys basketball coach in state history— the Jersey City native led St. Anthony to four consecutive Parochial B state titles from 1985-89.

An undersized and unselfish point guard, Hurley then led Duke to NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992. Hurley was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1992 Final Four.

The No. 7 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, Hurley played five seasons in the NBA, though his career was partially derailed by a car accident during his rookie season that threw him from the truck he was driving, causing life-threatening injuries. He retired from the NBA after the 1997-98 season.

Hurley averaged career high 7.1 ppg and 6.1 apg during his rookie season in 1993-94. He played in total of 260 NBA games (62 started), averaging 3.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in 15.5 minutes per game.

“The appointment of coach Hurley sends a clear statement that the University at Buffalo is committed to bringing big-time college athletics to the western New York community and the state at large,” athletic director Danny White said.

“I’m confident after our discussions that he is the right leader to take our program to the next level.”

Hurley’s ties to Duke played a factor with White. His father, Kevin White, is the AD at Duke.


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