Status: UK target
Forward | 6-9 | 215
Hometown: Rochester, Minn.
There might not be a more heavily recruited player in the class of 2019 than Matthew Hurt, who has long been considered one of the top 10 prospects nationally in this group.
Hurt’s early emergence on the national scene coupled with his reluctance to cut his list of schools — or even take official visits as early as most of his five-star peers — has led to a free-for-all among the country’s top programs.
Going into his senior season, Hurt is listing seven programs — UK, Kansas, Duke, Indiana, Memphis, Minnesota and North Carolina — as viable contenders. He is not expected to publicly trim his list, and he has said he plans to wait until the college season begins before he starts to take the bulk of his official visits.
That makes it seem unlikely that he will sign in the fall period.
Whichever school lands Hurt will be getting a highly skilled prospect who has can make three-point shots, possesses offensive post moves and has a knack for rebounding. He should be able to play inside or out — and will likely play both — at the college level.
Kansas has long been seen as a favorite in Hurt’s recruitment, but he’ll certainly be going into his official visits with an open mind.
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Hurt averaged 33.9 points, 15.0 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 3.6 assists per game as a junior in high school and was one of the top players on the Adidas circuit this past summer.
“He’s a multi-dimensional forward that can play three positions on offense. He can make shots at a high rate. Early on, people wanted to compare him to a Keith Van Horn-type. But he’s more than just a shooter… He’s now the kind of guy that can put the ball on the floor. He’s gotten way, way more athletic. He has a good feel for the game as a secondary distributor in the front court. And he has some sneaky toughness in him, too, so that enables him to be a better defender, as well.”
-Corey Evans, Rivals.com analyst