By LARRY VAUGHT
Funeral services for former Kentucky basketball standout Charles Hurt will be Saturday at the Shelby County High School gymnasium. That seems only fitting because Hurt led Shelby to a state championship and won Mr. Basketball honors there.
Hurt passed away Friday at age 55 after a long battle with leukemia.
He was a high school Parade All-American at Shelby County. The 6-6 Hurt played in 124 games at UK from 1979-83. He scored 786 points, grabbed 496 rebounds, gave out 104 assists and made 74 steals. He was a 59.3 percent career shooter and seldom took bad shots.
“I remember when I got to Kentucky as a freshman about the way that both Charles Hurt and Derrick Hord just threw me around in practice,” former UK All-American Kenny Walker said. “Charles was so strong. He could just throw me anywhere he wanted.
“But what a great guy he was. Anything I needed to know, he told me and would help me. He was the nicest guy you could want to be around and just a great teammate.”
See how Hurt touched the lives of two youngsters in Shelby County during his playing career at this link to my work on lex18.com: