Scotty Thurman

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Scotty Thurman
Scotty Thurman, Syracuse at Arkansas.jpg
Medal record
Men’s basketball
Competitor for  United States
Goodwill Games
Bronze medal – third place 1994 St. Petersburg National team

Scotty Thurman (born November 10, 1974) is an American professional basketball player, 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.[1]

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.[2] 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. As of 2005, Thurman is with Fastlink of the Jordanian basketball league. Prior to that, he was signed with Riyadi Beirut of the Lebanese league. He is the best foreign player in Macedonian Basketball League for all time.

Thurman still plays professional basketball but also has developed a business career with Russ Phillips. He is was the director of real estate for Cypress Properties, Inc., in Little Rock before being named the Director of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Arkansas.[3]