Throwback Thursday - Bobby Hurley
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hurley was a basketball star at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, where his father, Bob Hurley Sr., is the longtime coach. While at St. Anthony, from 1985 to 1989, Hurley led the team to four consecutive Parochial B state titles. In his senior year he averaged 20 points, 8 assists and 3 steals, as St. Anthony racked up a 32–0 record, the school's first Tournament of Champions crown, and the No. 1 ranking in the United States. In his high school career the team's overall record with Hurley as point guard was 115–5
Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He signed a shoe contract with a new shoe company ITZ (In The Zone), which was sold at Foot Locker exclusively. While Hurley was returning home following a game in December of his rookie season, he was involved in a car accident. His truck was rammed by a house painting truck. Hurley was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his truck, and suffered severe life-threatening injuries. If not for his remarkable physical conditioning, doctors said he most likely would have perished. Kings teammate Mike Peplowski was driving five minutes behind Hurley, and was first on the scene to render immediate aid. Hurley returned to the NBA for the 1994–1995 season, and played four more years beyond that. After retiring, Hurley went on to become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. He was also hired as a scout by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.
Hurley appeared in the 1994 feature film Blue Chips, where he played for the Indiana team under coach Bobby Knight.