A native of East Saint Louis, Ill., Hurst left Northwest in the top five in both career scoring (1,580 points) and rebounding (777). He also set the all-time mark for blocked shots with 153.
Lettering in four seasons from 1983-'86, Hurst was mentioned on the All-MIAA First Team at forward twice. In team rankings, he was first in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals as a junior.
Hurst led the league in blocked shots as a sophomore with 53, which also set a school single-season standard. As a sophomore, he helped the Bearcats to a 24-7 record and an appearance in the South Central regional tournament under head coach Lionel Sinn.