Kentucky has turned their focus to three frontcourt targets to close out their 2019 recruiting class: Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, and Matthew Hurt.
All three players have Kentucky listed in the final cuts of their recruitments, with each having various expected timelines for a decision and significantly different skillsets they bring to the table.
Stewart maintains a bully-ball style of play, while at 6-foot-11, McDaniels is considered one of the most versatile players in the nation. The former is expected to make a decision over the next month or so, while the latter will likely wait until the regular signing period in April.
As for Hurt, the 6-foot-9 forward out of Rochester, MN is considered one of the most gifted scorers in all of high school basketball, regardless of class.
And he proved it once again last night.
The John Marshall HS product exploded for 44 points, 23 rebounds, and four assists in his team’s 84-48 victory over Century High School. He has helped lead the Rockets to six victories over their last seven games.
Check out some of his highlights from the ridiculous performance below:
HIGHLIGHTS: @JMRocketsBBB wins for the 6th time in their last 7 games, they beat Century 84-48.
Matthew Hurt led all scorers 44 points, grabbed a game-high 23 rebounds, and added 4 assists. pic.twitter.com/Y8Gq0I1CkS
— Mark Poulose (@MarkPoulose) January 12, 2019
He doesn’t have a flashy game, but Hurt’s ability to score at all three levels has Kentucky coaches drooling over his style of play and the opportunity to shift their offense to an NBA-like system. With the opportunity for the Cats to sign both Hurt and McDaniels, Kentucky will have the opportunity to have five players on the court with the ability to hit shots from deep.
Kentucky was the first school to receive an official visit the first week of December, followed by North Carolina on December 14. He will then officially visit Duke on January 19 for their game against Virginia, and then Kansas sometime in February. He’ll take one more official visit to either Villanova, Minnesota, and Memphis before making a final decision in April.
As we mentioned in the first edition of Pilgrim’s Insider Notes this past Monday, Duke, UNC, Kansas, Villanova, Minnesota, and Kentucky are the six schools most analysts feel are the final schools in contention, but sources tell KSR there is mutual interest with the Memphis Tigers and they’ll have a solid shot when a decision is made.
In fact, he has said in interviews that his recruitment is wide open, but Kentucky, Kansas, and Memphis are the schools I have been told have the most momentum leading into home stretch.
We’ll have more on Hurt’s recruitment and what to expect in his upcoming visit to Duke on Monday’s Insider Notes.
In the mean time, check out some of his other highlights from yet another 40-plus point performance back in December:
Come on down, Mr. Hurt.