One more week.
That is how long college basketball fans will have to wait to find out where Matthew Hurt, the top unsigned forward the country will attend college next season. While he officially has a handful of schools left on his list, 247 Sports Evan Daniels said yesterday on Kentucky Sports Radio that he is down to just Kentucky and Duke.
Duke is perceived to be the favorite for the five-star forward from Minnesota but to John Calipari’s credit, he isn’t going down without a fight. Calipari is set to meet with Hurt at his home this weekend for one final in-person pitch, after Hurt returns from the Nike Hoops Summit, which will be played on Friday night.
Speaking of the Hoops Summit, KSR sat down with Hurt to discuss his recruitment on Thursday in the lead-up to the game. We dove into a number of different topics, starting with this: When he does make his final decision, what will he be looking for in a school?
“I’m looking for how I fit with the coaches, teammate-wise, playing-wise,” Hurt said. “I think I can fit any style. It’s just how the culture is. Winning is a big thing for me. All I want to do is win.”
From there, Hurt not only discussed each school, but also how players who are committed to those schools are still trying to recruit him. Hurt went over Duke’s pitch from Wendell Moore and Vernon Carey, before discussing what Tyrese Maxey has said to him over the previous few days. And it sounds like Hurt really has created a bond with Maxey after the players both played at the McDonald’s All-American game a few weeks ago.
“We’ve had a great experience playing together,” Hurt said when discussing Maxey. “I think he’s a great player. I think he’s one of the best point guards, shooting guards in this class. I think highly of him.”
Hurt also thinks of highly of returning Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans, and the possibility of playing with him as well.
“I know him a little bit,” Hurt said. “He’s a lockdown defender. I watched him this year. He’s tough. He knows the right way to play basketball. He makes the right pass at the right time.”
Ultimately most recruiting experts (including Evan Daniels) believe that Duke remains the team to beat in Hurt’s recruitment. But with the way he spoke about Maxey and Hagans, does Kentucky have a better shot than we realized?
To listen to Hurt’s entire interview, watch the video below.