By LARRY VAUGHT
ATLANTA — Matthew Hurt remains a major recruiting target for Kentucky and will make his college choice April 19 — one day before his birthday.
“I have no idea yet where I am going to school,” said Hurt during Tuesday’s Media Day at the McDonald’s All-American Game.
The 6-9 forward will pick between UK, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas. He’s a consensus top-10 player in the 2019 recruiting class because of his effective scoring ability and solid rebounding skills.
“I am working on him. I am going to talk to him right now,” Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey said during Media Day. “I am trying my hardest to get him. I tried real hard with Keion (Brooks) and I got blessed and got him. So hoping for the same with him (Hurt).”
Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney, another McDonald’s All-American, is also working on Hurt.
“Matthew is pretty quiet, pretty laid back,” Whitney said. “But he is a hell of a player. He can shoot the 3 really well, create space, rebound. We would love to have him at Kentucky.”
Hurt averaged 37 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior season when he earned Mr. Basketball honors in Minnesota.
“All the coaches have done a really good job of recruiting me,” Hurt said. “I appreciate the way they have not pressured me and kept everything so solid. It’s going to be tough to pick one school because I have good relationships with them all but they are all great choices and I know I will be happy with the one I pick.”