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.