21 Harry Hurd

Harry Hurd
Hometown (Last School)
Frankfort, KY (Elkhorn)
1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62
May 17, 1940

From the 1962 University of Kentucky Media Guide:

“The chances of this lean and lanky Kentuckian-by-adoption seeing extensive action in the classification of basketball played by the nation’s most successful team are some-what remote again this year, but Harry Hurd cannot be sold short. While he has yet to register a single point in his varsity career, Harry shows flashes of form in practice ses-sions that lead to the belief that he poten-tially is an above average ballplayer who needs mainly confidence and a big measure of desire. He possesses good speed, above average height, has shooting potential and doesn’t mind mixing it up under the boards. With his height and the possibility that he will come up with the necessary quality of determination, a place could develop for Hurd in the lineup of this season’s height-shy Wildcats. Coach Rupp is hopeful that normal improvement after two seasons of varsity squad experience will make Hurd a valuable man to have around. He operated mainly as a pivotman in high school (Elkhorn) in Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort, averaging 25 points a game in his final season as a schoolboy to pick up honorable mention on the All-State list. In his opening season as a collegian at UK, Hurd saw action in nine freshman games to score 34 points and haul down 44 rebounds. His season high was 10 against Lee’s Junior College. As a sophomore two years back, Hurd could not break into the scoring column during brief action (13:12 in four games), but was credited with six rebounds. Hurd’s development level plus the closeness of most Kentucky games last season prevented his entry in any games. Born in Dallas, Texas, and plans a career in Electrical Engineering.