In the early '90s, the Duke Blue Devils dominated the college basketball circuit. Love them or hate them, the Blue Devils were among the elite. Their teams were full of players many opposing fans didn't like, most notably Christian Laettner. The Blue Devils were led by their scrappy point guard Bobby Hurley.
Hurley came from a basketball family, his father, Bob Sr., was his coach at St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, and his brother Dan is a former point guard at Seton Hall. Bobby Hurley's team went 115-5 during his time at St. Anthony's and won the Tournament of Champions in his senior year.
Bobby Hurley then went to Duke where he played from 1989-1993, where Duke made the Final Four three times. He was also a first-team All-American in 1993. In 1992, the second of Duke's back-to-back titles, Hurley earned the Most Outstanding Player Award in the NCAA Tournament. His 1076 assists is still the NCAA record for all time assists and holds the Blue Devils single game record with 16 assists. Hurley's number 11 was retired by Duke in 1993 and made the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.
The Sacramento Kings selected Hurley with the seventh overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. However, during his rookie year, he was involved in a car accident and suffered life threatening injuries. Hurley was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Hurley would recover in time to start the next season.
Bobby Hurley would only play four more seasons after his accident, finishing his career in 1998 with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies.
After he retired from the NBA, Hurley became a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, but his true passion is horse racing. Bobby Hurley became a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. Hurley was the owner of Songandaprayer, the horse that won the 2001 Fountain of Youth Stakes and finished 13th at the 2001 running of the Kentucky Derby, and is the owner of Devil Eleven Stables, named after Duke's nickname and his college number, located in Florida.
Bobby Hurley has since returned to basketball becoming the assistant coach at Wagner College with his brother, Dan, serving as the team's head coach. Hurley has stated that he would like to follow in his father's footsteps and become a head coach in the future.
While not having a successful NBA career, Hurley has found other passions and is hoping to make a name for himself in different mediums.