Blast From the Past: What's up With Thurl Bailey?

Statefans will be introducing a new series of monthly stories with periodic special columns from time to time. <P> These articles will be devoted to interviewing former athletes and graduates of N.C. State who have gone on to proudly represent the Wolfpack. Our first interview will be with Thurl Bailey.

These articles will be devoted to interviewing former athletes and graduates of N.C. State who have gone on to proudly represent the Wolfpack.

We are proud to announce that our inaugural column will feature former N.C. State star basketball player Thurl Bailey.

Thurl averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds during his career at N.C. State, including 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds as a senior when he led the Wolfpack to the 1983 National Championship. Bailey went on to be a first round selection of the Utah Jazz in the 1983 NBA Draft, the #7 selection overall.

He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Jazz (10) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (3), averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Thurl retired as one of the most respected players in the NBA, earning the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award for the '88-'89 season.

Bailey now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Sindi, and their two children. He is now a motivational speaker for youth groups across the country. In addition to professional speaking, Thurl is a broadcast analyst for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah, an actor, and an award winning singer/song writer.

The former Wolfpacker has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule and answer some questions from the members of StateFans. Please submit your questions and those selected will be answered by "Big T."

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