Five-star forward Matthew Hurt will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Hurt is one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019 and before he makes it to Kentucky’s campus the Cats will see him on Sunday.
Kentucky will meet with Hurt and four-star forward Zeke Nnaji. It’s the first time we’ve heard UK reaching out to Nnaji, who played AAU basketball with Hurt. Per the Star Tribune, Nnaji will visit UK unofficially this month and take his official visits in October.
We knew UK would visit Hurt and Hurt had mentioned over the summer that Big Blue Madness would be a possible landing spot for his official visit, but the Nnaji meeting is an interesting development.
Kentucky has offered James Wiseman, Vernon Carey and Hurt as bigs in 2019, but interest remains with Aidan Igiehon and Oscar Tshiebwe although UK hasn’t offered either player.
It certainly seems like UK wants a safety net big in the fall, and I can’t say I blame them. Carey and Wiseman are waiting until the spring to decide and it’s unclear when Hurt will pull the trigger. In the summer Hurt said he wanted to get his decision over with before his senior season started, but things can change and often do in recruiting. If UK could land a Igiehon, Tshiebwe or Nnaji (6-foot-10, 215-pound forward) in the fall it wouldn’t put as much pressure on the Cats in the spring.
UK seems to be following other schools leads in recruiting Hurt and Nnaji as a package deal. The pair haven’t said they will definitively play together, but if a school that is in the thick of things with Hurt were to land Nnaji, it wouldn’t hurt that school’s chances.
What a wild two months this will be with in-home visits and official visits.
Senior @HurtMatthew will be attending UK’s Big Blue Madness according to a source. In the long, storied history of UK basketball, no Minnesota prepster has ever signed with UK. Stanford transfer Reid Travis will be first player from Minnesota to play at UK this year. #BBN https://t.co/Dj6geWpgv7
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) September 4, 2018