Duke Legend Bobby Hurley and His Favorite Point Guards in NCAA History
There's no doubt that as the NCAA Tournament heads into its Final Four, this is the point in March Madness that boys become men, and miracles do happen.
Naturally, some of the tournament's greatest moments of all time have come from the many notable point guards that the NCAA has seen transform into not only heroes, but legends, over night.
After all, it's often a team's floor general who rises above and leads his group to victory.
Who better to understand the meaning of all this than Duke's legendary point guard Bobby Hurley, who of course, lead the way as Duke won back to back titles in 1991 and 1992.
Hurley, who teamed up with Dove Men & Care for its NCAA tournament "Journey to Comfort" campaign, recently took time to reminisce about some of the toughest point guards he faced.
Hurley even suggested that one young up-and-coming point guard may join the ranks of some of the most talented floor generals college basketball has ever seen.
Read on to explore Bobby's tremendous journey with Duke, as well as some of his favorite point guards in NCAA history.
Bobby Hurley, Duke
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Hurley is arguably the best point guard in college basketball history. Though he went on to play in the NBA, his true legacy stands tall in the NCAA.
Hurley led the Blue Devils to back to back titles in 1991 and 1992, and is the NCAA's all-time leaders in assists to this day.
Hurley's biggest moment as a Blue Devil perhaps came in the 1991 NCAA semifinals against UNLV.
With his team down five with not much time remaining, Hurley hit a staggering three-pointer that proved to UNLV that he and his teammates weren't quite done.
That three ended up inspiring a huge victory for Duke, giving way to the first of two titles.
The confidence Hurley displayed in big moments like that, as well as the leadership he showed through his entire time at Duke, potentially make him the best there ever was.
Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech
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Anderson started to make a name for himself at a young age as a New York City hoops legend, but actually never once stepped foot in Madison Square Garden until he began to play for Georgia Tech.
Though he only played two years of college ball, Hurley remembers Anderson to a tee, saying, "He was super-talented. He could just do things with the basketball that very few people can. He was quick, he could score, and had a tremendous feel for the ball. Definitely one of the toughest guys I played against."
Before his talent led him to an impressive NBA career, Anderson was first known for helping his team to the Final Four as a freshman in 1989.
He then led the way, averaging 26 points per game as the leader of his team during his sophomore year.
Greg Anthony, UNLV
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Though many younger fans of today's basketball generation recognize Anthony as a prominent commentator, he first made his mark as the point guard of NCAA champion UNLV in 1990.
Anthony led a team that also included Larry Johnson and Stacy Augmon, showing true grit as he played nearly the entire season with a broken jaw.
Hurley, having been on the Duke team that UNLV beat to become champions, remembers Anthony all to well, recalling, "He was a really great college basketball point guard. I had my hands full trying to guard him a couple times in the Final Four."
A true professional and an expert on what it takes to be a hero in the Final Four, Anthony can be seen sharing his thoughts throughout the tournament for CBS.
Gary Payton, Oregon State
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Payton was another one of Hurley's toughest competitors, and it makes sense, given that Payton was eventually appropriately dubbed as "The Glove" for his defense in the NBA.
Though Payton was never a NCAA champ like Anthony or Hurley, his team made multiple tournament appearances and he was one of the best to ever play at OSU.
He left as the leader in many individual statistical categories upon his graduation. To this day, however, he is still the college's all-time leader in steals.
He parlayed his success into a Hall of Fame-worthy career in the NBA, as a nine-time All-Star and all-Defensive Team selection.
Jason Kidd, California
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A tad younger than many of the prominent point guards Hurley faced during his college years, Kidd is still going strong in the NBA today as one of the league's smartest point guards of all time.
Although a championship title evaded Kidd in college, he did help California upset reigning champion Duke during the 1993 NCAA tournament. Furthermore, Kidd's skill led his school's eventual resurgence in the NCAA.
Hurley recalled Kidd's talent, saying, "He was very difficult to play against during my senior year. He had a triple-double against me!"
Kidd's one of the all-time leaders in NBA triple-doubles, so it's no surprise there that he began to show off his potential to succeed in such tremendous ways during his college years.
The Future? Kyrie Irving, Duke
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Though Duke fell to Arizona in its bid this year to win back to back NCAA titles, Kyrie Irving's potential is extremely evident in his team-leading 28 points in the loss.
Though it's not yet known whether or not Irving will declare for the NBA Draft, it's obvious he could lead Duke to great things.
Hurley talked about how crucial having Irving on the floor was for Duke in this year's tournament, and he thinks Irving has a bright future ahead of him.
After coming back from a serious injury that kept him on the sidelines for much of this past season, Irving's scoring explosion proved through his perseverance that the sky is the limit for his success.
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