Thurl Bailey

Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team.

Thurl’s book, Team of Destiny, chronicles that incredible journey and teaches readers how his coach Jim Valvano led a group of passionate young men to be the best team in college basketball and what it takes to develop a “Championship Mindset”.

Bailey was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the N.B.A. Draft. Thurl spent twelve of his sixteen-year professional basketball career in the N.B.A., and four years playing overseas, in Italy and Greece.

Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. Among his many musical awards are the 2000 Pearl Awards of Best Contemporary Recording and Best New Artist of the Year.