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Matthew Hurt Discusses Kentucky and Tyrese Maxey’s Final Recruiting Pitches


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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.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

26 responses to “Matthew Hurt Discusses Kentucky and Tyrese Maxey’s Final Recruiting Pitches”

  1. VirginiaCat

    Hurt’s interview tells me that he is just going through the motions at this point. He knows where he is going and that is not going to change. The fact that Duke is apparently not scheduled for a late visit says a lot about their confidence level. I am thinking it is yet another swing and a miss on a top talent and that Hurt will be picking Duke. I really hope I am wrong, Coach K is kicking our butt time after time.

    1. WatchutalkinboutWillis

      I’m not sure how you can call it a swing and miss. You have no idea what the recruitment was like. It is a two way street. You look at things from a very negative viewpoint. You’re against OAD in one post and then you get upset at Cal for missing out on OAD talent in the next…you’re kind of all over the place…makes it seem like you just like complaining.

    2. Ned T.

      Duke did not win the title despite having Williamson and Crew. If you love Ratface Boy so much, head over to the dookie message board and have a lovefest.

      In Cal we trust.

    3. 4everUKblue

      VACat you know just about as much as mashbumfan. K may be getting more of the recruits that all you Cal haters complain about because they’re one and dones but he got no further than Cal did in the tourney and should have lost to UCF if the refs had any balls at all. And he had three of the best recruits in the country including Zion, considered my most to be a generational talent. I’m with Ned and Willis, go become a dookie if you don’t like our program.

    4. Bruce Dickinson

      Hurt should look at which coach develops their players the best. Cal has a proven track record for that. Duke certainly didn’t get any better in the tournament. They could have and should have been beaten by UCF.

    5. Just saying

      Duke player. Move on.

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    I usually try to be optimistic but I don’t see him coming to UK. Especially after Brooks and Sestina have come on.

  3. Smyrna_Cat

    Nope. He gone.

  4. Wade

    Best place is with us!

  5. VirginiaCat

    I call it another swing and miss because Cal has missed consistently on “the best of the best” in recent years. It’s a broken record. We get our hopes up, think we have a shot, and the recruit goes elsewhere. In some cases we learn after the fact that we were never in the running. If we are going to run a OAD program or some equivalent, it is critical to get the very best talent. If you can’t do that, you have to come up with Plan B. It’s one or the other.

    I have no complaints with Cal’s record as a whole, but if you look at the period 2015 to present, we are getting beat on top caliber recruits and are under performing on the court, often losing to inferior teams in the tournament. In some cases Cal has contributed to the losses due to questionable coaching. I am merely pointing out the obvious. College basketball is clearly a “what have you done for me lately” proposition and I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t gotten our money’s worth out of Cal since 2015.

    I think that Cal is capable of making adjustments and moving forward. That is my hope.

    1. J-Dub421

      You hate one-and-dones anyway, as you’ve stated repeatedly, so why do you care?

    2. PAPA

      Coach Cal has over 300 wins in 10 years at UK, you do the math!

    3. catsarerunnin

      VA is a turd.

  6. sprtphan

    Hope I’m wrong but this guy is as Duke as they come.

  7. UK Maine-iac

    Has it ever worked out where a commit is friends with a recruit and that recruit commits as well? Seems like that’s always the hope but it never works out.

    What we’re learning in college basketball is the top guys can go anywhere and still get drafted high. “The Best Team in College Basketball History” didn’t make the final four. The good news is we’ll be in the conversation for a championship, just like evert year that Cal has been here. What few programs can say that?

  8. VirginiaCat

    Classy retort, catsarerunnin. Your response clearly illustrates your robust intellectual capacity and your ability to formulate cogent counter- arguments.

    1. wildcat2012

      Dude… you’re a loser. Stop being such a nerd.

    2. J-Dub421

      VirginiaCat, if you’re so smart, why can’t you use the reply button like everyone else?

  9. bigbluejon

    I mean…. he looks like a Dukie

  10. timtim1960

    I agree with viginiacat . I don’t think cal can change during a game he said he tried 5 or 6 different things and nothing worked. I didn’t see he him ever try and change defenses. Every coach knows cal won’t change defense. And his guards can’t keep anyone in front of them. He has no answer to another coach change in their game plan if something not working . I’m not a duke fan . Been pulling for the cats since Issel . So I’ve seen a lot of BB . cal is stubborn . And won’t change what did Auburn do ? Kept driving and driving . He was a better coach at umass. I don’t think he even shows up to practices. He lets his assistant coaches do that . He always jetting all over the country for his wants and his likes . I think KP could out coach him any day . At least he would change if something isn’t working . I can think of 2 games . 2010 West Virginia and Wisconsin. Boogie didn’t get the ball and towns didn’t either. And afterward he said that the twins should have played less and booker and ulis more . Don’t get me started on free throw shooting or lack thereof . They never have lost either game . Cal won’t win # 9 if he doesn’t start coaching better.

    1. J-Dub421

      #1 Cal is at every single practice we have, so you’re both wrong and stupid on that front.
      #2 You apparently can’t recognize different defenses when we use them.
      #3 All coaches are stubborn.
      #4 If you think Booker should have played more in 2015 against Wisconsin, you’re a fool. Booker got absolutely abused on defense and didn’t attempt a single three. He gave us nothing that game. Ulis and Booker combined that game had fewer points than either of the Harrison twins.
      #5 Cal changes things in game all the time. It’s why we have so many come from behind wins.
      #6 For the love of god, stop putting spaces before punctuation.

  11. Swizzle

    Looks like a Duke guy, have fun with the sweet 16 run

  12. timtim1960

    You drank the koolade. I only saying what cal said about who should been playing more that game . What got nothing to say the other game . You tell me what other defense he plays. And how he changes during a game other than putting somebody else to guard a player. I don’t like coach K but at least he realized his team couldn’t guard and changed to a zone the last championship they won . Against Miami late in the season they got torched and he changed to a zone defense late in feb or March of that year . Just calling me stupid because you can in a post doesn’t mean I am it’s just my opinion like you have one . I don’t know if cal is at every practice just like you don’t know he is I’m only going by what he said about Reed Travis. Didn’t know how was progressing during rehab . He hadn’t seen the sheets. The Rehab sheets. Said the same thing about P.J. Seemed to be out of touch with the running of his team. Hadn’t talked to him for days he said. His words not mine. If you read this website enough Cal is all the country every other day it seems.Not at practice or recruiting from what I see. Maybe he is there every practice.

    1. J-Dub421

      You can’t write a complete sentence, use punctuation, capitalize names, or spell Reid Travis. You buy into misdirection and coach speak. Of course Cal knows what’s going on with PJ. He’s just not under any obligation to tell you, the media, or opposing coaches. Stop being so naive.

  13. 1IH

    Holy Crap this post brought out the Count K lovers in droves. Any article saying that we have a shot at a player that Duke has targeted heavily and the idiots start clambering for more pudding.

    WTF. If he comes to UK he will have a legit chance at a National Championship, if he goes to Duke he will be one ball rolling around the rim from going home on opening weekend of the Tournament.

  14. Racerr11

    Best team in college basketball ever, No Way. There’s lots of good teams thru the years. 2012 National Champions better.