Rory Sparrow has basketball roots in Scranton, Pa. After a season as the Pennsylvania Barons, the Aces moved to Scranton in 1980, joining the CBA’s Eastern Division. The Aces were 21 games out, with a 13-27 record. The franchise disbanded at season’s end.
Rory was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the fourth round of the 1980 NBA Draft. When the Nets waived Sparrow in training camp, he turned to the Continental Basketball Association, where he latched on with the Scranton Aces. In 20 games for the Aces, Sparrow averaged 24.1 points and 9.0 assists. The Nets signed him to two ten-day contracts during the 1980–81 campaign, but he appeared in only 15 NBA games.
Rory Sparrow was a steady guard during his time in the NBA. He played with the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat and the Sacremento Kings. . During his time in New York, Sparrow set up the Rory F. Sparrow Foundation, a charitable organization designed to aid underprivileged children in the New York metropolitan area. In 1987 he was honored by Sports Illustrated as co-Sportsman of the Year.
Rory had7,557 points for seven different teams and posted a career average of 9.0 points per game.
In 1994 he went to work for the NBA league office as player programs manager.