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Kentucky’s Pitch to Matthew Hurt


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When John Calipari flew to Indianapolis for the opening round of the adidas Gauntlet, he had one player in mind, Matthew Hurt.

Considered the No. 4 player in the 2019 class, the 6’9″ power forward from Rochester, Minnesota has a wide open recruitment with almost a dozen schools under consideration.  Before watching Hurt play last weekend, Coach Cal had an in-home visit with him on April 4.  Hurt revealed Calipari’s pitch to 247 Sports.

“They’re a great program that has produced great pros,” said Hurt of Kentucky. “I think they could use me in a way that would get me to that level. I know they said they would use me in a lot of pick and roll and pick and pop situations. It was a very good message.

Hurt has a variety of tools that unlike many Calipari players.  He does have one thing in common with them — he wins.  Last weekend his team went 4-0 as Hurt created a few highlights.

This weekend Nike’s EYBL will be in Indianapolis as Hurt travels to Atlanta for the second weekend of the adidas Gauntlet.  Coach Cal will not be at either event as he recovers from minor surgery.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 responses to “Kentucky’s Pitch to Matthew Hurt”

  1. Not Dan Issel

    Shades of Dan Issel . . . I think we need this kid!

    1. Rembrandt

      It would be nice to sign Matt Hurt. I certainly vote yes. But the comparison to Issel? Please.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Issel had about 40 pounds on this kid.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Not Dan Issel.

    4. bigbluejon

      I mean he’s white….. that’s about it

  2. SuperTroy18

    Wow. He’s smooth. Up until it finally showed an outside shot of his, I couldn’t tell if he was left or right-handed. Looks ambidextrous. He finishes pretty easily with the left. Dribbles and passes easily with it too. Shows that he really works at his craft. Looks like a natural scorer. I’d love to get this kid.

  3. UKinIN

    Will not end up at UK. I don’t know what Calipari’s pitch is but it doesn’t resonate with certain kids. “UK isn’t for everyone.”

    1. Rembrandt

      Don’t bet the farm on that. Cal has plans and backup plans. James Wiseman is Cal’s top target, and I have said all along that Cal will get him. I still believe that. Hurt will not end up at UK if Wiseman joins our class, because their games are fairly similar and Wiseman is the better player. But if Wiseman were to snub Cal for some reason, then Hurt could very well end up at UK.

  4. Wildcats_Fan_87

    Thought I seen Jay Bilas in UNC gear… didn’t know he had a twin brother.

  5. 5bucks

    Scott Padget

  6. BCO

    I think were gonna nab Carey and Wiseman. Cal should pitch playing the 3 to Hurt. Could you imagine?

    1. Rembrandt

      Cal won’t be able to sign both Wiseman and Carey. I get that our fans want every highly ranked player like they are walking through a good court, but that just isn’t going to happen. I predict UK will sign one out of Wiseman, Carey, or Hurt, and it’s probably going to be Wiseman. Plus Hagans, Maxey, Lecque, and Jeffries. Hagans will reclassify forward to 2018, and Cal will pick up two more large forwards late in the recruiting season.

  7. KentuckyVSEveryone

    This kid is the type of throwback player that I haven’t seen in a while! Needs some work on his handle but other than that he is solid. Very good footwork and smooth around the basket where he can finish with either hand. Has deceivingly quick first step. His high, soft release reminds me of Larry Bird (AND NO I AM NOT SAYING HE IS EVEN CLOSE TO BIRD STATUS!!!) Thought I was watching a YouTube video from the 80’s! Love this kid

  8. Kat4Life

    If you looked up “Duke player” in the dictionary this guy would be exhibit A……..He profiles as yet another white, suburban, lanky shooter who almost always gravitates to Duke. If we ever wanted to punch Coach Kigdigeifegski in the nose, taking this guy away from him would do it. He showed us his ability to come into our world and snatch away guys that profile like UK players…..let’s return the favor. Oh yeah, he’s really good too…….think Scott Padget as a senior……..

  9. satcheluk

    I will be shocked if we get him.