Hurley next ASU coach

Arizona State has hired Buffalo head coach and legendary former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley as its next basketball coach.

A former Duke consensus All-American point guard and two-time NCAA champion has agreed to become Arizona State's head basketball coach, the school announced Thursday.

Bobby Hurley, 43, will leave his position as the head coach at Buffalo after two seasons at the school to take the job with the Sun Devils. A press conference will likely be held Friday.

"We have a leader who, along with our university and our community, is committed to helping Sun Devil Basketball thrive," Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement. "With Bobby at the helm, we will provide the necessary resources to compete within our state, our conference and across the nation. We are intent on becoming an elite men’s basketball program.

"Bobby is energetic, passionate and tough, and his contagious competitive fire will bring unmatched vigor to our men’s basketball program. A teacher, first and foremost, he is a proven winner as both a player and a coach, and understands the steps it takes to be a champion."

In his recently concluded second season at Buffalo -- his first head coaching job -- Hurley led the Bills to a 23-10 (12-6) record and NCAA Tournament appearance after a 2014-15 Mid-American Conference championship.

Hurley is 42-20 in two seasons at Buffalo and won the East Division championship in each year and the conference tournament title in 2015.

Hurley's college playing pedigree is almost unmatched in recent decades. He captained Duke to consecutive NCAA Tournament titles in 1991 and 1992 and was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1992. Hurley reached the Final Four in three of four seasons, is the NCAA career assist leader with 1,076, and was named a consensus All-American in 1993.

As a coach, he's much more of an unknown still despite his age due to a late start in the profession. Hurley became an assistant coach under his brother Danny Hurley in 2010 at Wagner and was the associate head coach at Rhode Island in 2012-13 before taking the head job at Buffalo.

After his stellar college career Hurley was taken No. 7 overall in the first round of the 1993 NBA Draft by Sacramento. He played six seasons in the NBA, five of which came after he was nearly killed in a car accident in December of his rookie season.

Hurley's father Bob Hurley Sr., is a legendary high school coach at St. Anthony's in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he has won 27 state championships and won more than 1,000 games in a 39 year career.

"There are a number of characteristics that define not just great leaders, but also gifted mentors of young people," Anderson said. "Bobby’s passion for coaching comes from his father, Bob, Sr., a legendary New Jersey high school coach and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The deep appreciation he has for family was reflected in three years working with his brother, Dan, currently the head coach at Rhode Island. His five-year playing career in the National Basketball Association and experience as an NBA scout positions him to help our student-athletes realize what it takes to reach the next level. The high standard he puts on character and academics echoes the dedication we have to furthering our rich history of Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Americans. And he welcomes the challenge and opportunity that lay ahead in building affinity around our men’s basketball program."

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