By LARRY VAUGHT
Matthew Hurt, a five-star prospect out of Minnesota, got in-home visits from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, UCLA and Memphis earlier this spring.
He said Kansas told him he would be used as a guard and Kentucky told him it needed players that could shoot well from outside, a new point of emphasis for John Calipari in recruiting.
Kentucky expects a major recruiting battle with Memphis over James Wiseman, one of the nation’s top 2019 prospects, but Hurt is enamored with Memphis and new coach Penny Hardaway because of a prior relationship he had with new Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller.
Hurt, who hopes to make a college choice in the fall after taking his official visits, likes the way both Kentucky and Duke develop players for the NBA
He says he works daily on his shot and also has been faithful about lifting weeks three to four days per week in the offseason to add strength.
“Getting recruited like I am motivates me personally to work even harder,” Hurt, who played with UK commit Tyrese Maxey on the USA under 18 team, said. “I see these colleges on TV and that’s where I want to be. I think about that and it helps me get up and work out. Recruiting doesn’t go to my head. It’s not like coaches call and text every day. But recruiting does motivate me.”
What about Calipari stands out to him?
“Just the way he recruits is great, the way he develops players over one year or a couple of years,” Hurt said. “Every player gets better and he has countless players in the NBA playing really well and so more going there this year.”