Bobby Hurley is a Great Hire at Arizona St.

University of Buffalo basketball coach Bobby Hurley is heading to Arizona St. to replace the fired Herb Sendek. A few weeks ago, Hurley was also said to be the leading candidate to take over DePaul but nothing ever came of that situation.Bobby_Hurley_350

Hurley, 43, had coached the UB Bulls the past two seasons. He went 19-10 in his first year and 23-10 this season as he led the school to its first NCAA tournament appearance. The Bulls finished in first place in the MAC East conference in each of Hurley’s two seasons.

The former Duke standout point guard was so successful as a college player that big-time recruits will recognize him and be excited to play for someone with such a strong basketball background.

After playing for his father at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey where he led the team to four Parochial Class B state titles, Hurley played at Duke where he made it to the Final Four three times. Hurley won back to back national championships at Duke and was named First-Team All-American his senior year.

The pro career of Hurley was less than stellar. He played six seasons in the NBA after being drafted seventh overall by the Sacramento Kings. Hurley was injured in a car accident his rookie year after his car was hit by a house painting truck., He flew out of the vehicle after not wearing his seat belt and almost died. Hurley’s game was never the same and he was out of the NBA after bouncing around three teams in his six NBA seasons.

In 2010, Hurley became an assistant for two seasons under his brother, Danny, at Wagner University. When Danny left to become the head coach at Rhode Island in 2012, Hurley followed him and was named associate coach for a year before becoming the head coach of the Bulls in 2013.

Hurley put UB basketball on the map, but he needed to coach for a top 20 program to bring in five-star recruits. His past accomplishments playing for the legendary Coach K at Duke will be used to steer recruits to Arizona St.

If I had sons who were going to play Division 1 basketball at a Top 20 school with a possible pro future, I would feel very comfortable having them play for Bobby Hurley. He has the drive, passion, energy, and knowledge of the game to help his players get to the next level. He will end up as one of the hottest coaching candidates in the college game. Maybe he will succeed Coach K at Duke someday.

And that’s as I see it!

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