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.