After striking out on both James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr., John Calipari is putting the full-court press on 2019 five-star forward Matthew Hurt.
According to Stockrisers’ Jake Weingarten, Hurt has scheduled his first official visit and it will be to Kentucky this weekend.
2019 five-star Matthew Hurt has scheduled his first official visit and it will be this upcoming weekend to Kentucky, he tells Stockrisers.
MAJOR visit for Coach Cal and staff.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) November 26, 2018
Calipari offered Hurt back on December 13, 2017 following a visit to see the star forward in Minnesota. He later visited Hurt on April 6, again on September 9, and one last time a little over a month ago on October 22.
The 6-foot-9 forward has offers from 18 schools, though Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arizona, and Kentucky are seen as the top five schools in his recruitment at this point. Kansas currently holds 83 percent of Hurt’s Crystal Ball picks on 247 Sports, followed by Minnesota at 8 percent.
With frontcourt options dwindling, Hurt becomes a massive priority for the Kentucky coaching staff going forward. Considered a consensus top-ten recruit, the Rochester, MN native is one of just two (Jaden McDaniels being the other) frontcourt targets remaining with heavy interest in Kentucky. Isaiah Stewart has also been flirting with the Cats over the last few months, though a decision is coming coon from him and it doesn’t look like UK will be the choice.
Watch Hurt’s most recent highlight tape:
Come on down, young fella.