Ex-Duke legend Bobby Hurley named to 'man the point' at Buffalo

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 07:11 PM

The University at Buffalo has hired Duke basketball legend Bobby Hurley as its new men’s coach.

Hurley, who was introduced at a news conference Tuesday, 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 14-20 this past season.

Hurley, a superstar high school guard while playing for his father, Bob Sr., in New Jersey in the 1980s, is best known for his playing days at Duke, where he established himself as one of the nation’s top all-time point guards. He led the Blue Devils to three national championship game berths and two national titles, including 1992, when he was named most outstanding player.

“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.

After college, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the first round of the 1993 NBA draft. He suffered near fatal injuries in a car crash in December of his rookie season and never lived up to his projected promise although he did go on to play six seasons in the NBA split between the Kings and the then-Vancouver Grizzlies. After retiring, he became a racehorse owner and breeder before being hired as a scout by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.

Buffalo returns star forward, junior Javon McCrea, who was the MAC’s only player to rank among the top-three in conference in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and blocked shots. He was selected to the all-conference first team for a second straight year.