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Kenny Walker remembers Charles Hurt as “great guy”

Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt


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

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  1. What a great legacy he leaves. He will be missed.

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