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2019 five-star Matthew Hurt fascinated with Kentucky’s ability to develop one-and-dones

Scott Jacobson / Post Bulletin

Scott Jacobson / Post Bulletin

Matthew Hurt is a consensus top-five prospect in the class of 2019, and just about every top school in the nation wants him. He holds offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, and Arizona, among others.

At 6-foot-9, Hurt has an incredible shooting stroke (42-percent from three), court vision, and athleticism. Considered one of the best scorers in all of high school basketball, Hurt averaged 34 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks, and 3.6 assists per game this past season as a junior.

Most recruiting analysts believe Hurt’s recruitment will come to one of the top blue-blood programs, and Kentucky is reportedly in great shape. Coach Cal had an in-home visit with him on April 4, and the five-star forward told 247 Sports that his message is very impressive.

“(Kentucky is) a great program that has produced great pros,” Hurt said. “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.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader is in Colorado Springs where Hurt is competing in the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp. There, he talked to the star prospect about his recruitment, and more specifically, his interest in the Cats.

And Hurt is still a huge fan, specifically due to Coach Cal’s ability to develop elite talent in such short time.

“They’re great. They have great one-and-done players, Calipari has a lot of one-and-dones right now in the NBA succeeding. That’s my biggest thing I get out of Kentucky. They develop over the year or two, however long they’re with them, he’s developing them really good.”

Hurt says he will take his official visits this fall and make a final decision before his senior season begins, where he hopes to officially sign in November.

In the meantime, he said he will cut his list to eight or so after the AAU season this summer.

Watch his most recent highlights below:

You can read more of the Herald-Leader’s interview with the prized recruit here.

Come on down, Mr. Hurt.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

12 Comments for 2019 five-star Matthew Hurt fascinated with Kentucky’s ability to develop one-and-dones

  1. Sasquatch
    10:13 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I was going to say his game looks like Kevin Knox, but then I saw him pass on a fast break…

  2. Bull Filmer
    10:22 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Need more info. Not time to pull the trigger. Trust the system.

  3. chris43
    10:34 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    We def need more shooters.

  4. kjgouk
    3:27 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Top 5??? Prove me wrong, but this must be a weak class?

    • TBW3011
      8:47 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      2019 is a terrible class by most accounts.

  5. Bigblueswami
    6:12 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like Larry Bird with that 3 pointer form… Feet barely leave the ground

    • Fake JT
      7:06 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      I was about to complain about the “only comparing white players to other white players”, but wow you’re right. I’m not sure his toes do get off the ground on his jump shots.

    • shelby
      8:13 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      At 6-9/6-10, his toes don’t need to leave the ground much. If he’s guarded by a 4, a pump fake and he goes around him for rim run, pass, et… kid’s got game.

    • henderblue
      3:55 pm June 2, 2018 Permalink

      Shelby is right..

  6. michaelb
    2:18 pm June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Yes was gonna say the same – he already knows what he’s gonna do before he even gets the ball … you can tell by watching him … & it also seems that he makes the right decision with the ball most of the time . I like this kid – especially if his quickness improves … good ol coach cal camp will put some pep in his step

  7. jaws2
    3:18 pm June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Nooooooooooo, he’s not from KENTUCKY!!!
    We should only recruit them KY boys!!!!! He’ll never have the same heart as these KY boys do, and he won’t play for the name on the front of his shirt…..BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!