New highlights are featuring Matthew Hurt. The 2019 star is ranked No. 4 in the 247 Sports rankings. The Cats offered back in December, which actually made Kentucky a bit late to the party.
John Calipari visited Hurt in April and the Cats remained active in the scoring power forward’s recruitment. Currently the Cats aren’t perceived as the leader, but plenty can change as Hurt is in no rush to make a final decision.
The 6-foot-9, 200-pound prospect is gifted offensively and unselfish on the floor. I’m curious how his game will translate to the college level because 200-pounds at the four position won’t get it done at major college basketball. He certainly is skilled enough to play the three but he will need to be a deadly outside shooter or become a bit quicker to be a high volume scorer as a freshman. It may not scream as a prototypical John Calipari player, but it’s clear the UK head coach is starting to value scorers more than just pure athletes. Regardless, with that much skill offensively any team would be lucky to have him and the Cats remain involved.
In my opinion it may be tough for UK to add Hurt with James Wiseman and Vernon Carey, but if the Cats miss out on Wiseman or Carey they may make Hurt one of their top priorities.