November 10, 1974 |
|High school||Ruston (Ruston, La)|
|College||Arkansas Razorbacks (1992–1995)|
|1997||Amyntas Dafnis B.C.|
|2001–2002||Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut|
Scotty Thurman (born November 10, 1974) was an American professional basketball player and current assistant coach, perhaps best known as the Arkansas Razorbacks' shooting guard who hit the win-clinching high-arcing three-pointer with 53 seconds remaining in the 1994 NCAA Basketball Championship game, securing Arkansas' first and only national title in a 76-72 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. That shot is referred to as the "Shot heard 'round Arkansas".
Thurman was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1993, and was First Team All-SEC in 1994 and 1995. He also received some All-American recognition from the Associated Press and the Basketball Times in 1994 and 1995. Most Razorback fans consider him to be one of the greatest players in school history.
After leading Arkansas to the National Championship game in 1995, Thurman, along with teammate and future NBA player Corliss Williamson, left college early to make himself available for the 1995 NBA Draft. His agent and coach had told him that he would be a first round pick, and many fans and analysts agreed with this; surprisingly, he was not drafted. He tried out unsuccessfully with the New Jersey Nets before settling with the CBA's Shreveport Storm (now defunct) in 1995-96.
While not making the NBA, Thurman played basketball in foreign countries including Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon and Macedonia, and played for the ABA's professional Arkansas RimRockers in their inaugural season. In 2005, Thurman was with Fastlink of the Jordanian basketball league. Prior to that, he was signed with Riyadi Beirut of the Lebanese league. He is considered the best foreign player of all time in the Macedonian Basketball League.
Thurman continued playing professional basketball, but also developed a business career with Russ Phillips. He was the director of real estate for Cypress Properties, Inc., in Little Rock. Thurman was named the Director of Student-Athlete Development for men's basketball at the University of Arkansas, and was also the color analyst for the radio broadcasts of Razorback games. In April 2016, Thurman was named an assistant head coach for the Razorbacks by head coach Mike Anderson.