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Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney trying to recruit Matthew Hurt

Matthew Hurt poses for a photo on portrait day at the Hilton Hotel Crystal Ball Room before the 2019 McDonalds All American Game. (Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-McDonalds)


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.”


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  1. I am happy they are trying, but i seen very little results from players recruiting other players. Even life long friends go to different schools! This is such an important decision and the last one that friendship can have any impact on. The next level you are totally on your own and even brothers are split up. I hope Hurt picks Kentucky because it is the best place for him to develop and excel at the next level. When you look at the result in the NBA, Cal and Kentucky are really the best choice. Next Years UK team is going to be very special. Go Cats.

    Note: If Duke does not win it this year, look at the last three years and see the results on top talent and low production. Why would the top players choose that.

  2. It will probably come down to a battle between Calipari and Krzyshitski.

  3. Let’s have a little fun. Would I trade Cal for Oats? I would trade Cal for Hall & Oats in heartbeat, Oats has been on my short list for much of the year. If Cal lands Hurt or 1 of other few remaining bigs I would not trade him. If above doesn’t work out, I may be willing to help Cal pack bags,,LOL.

  4. I think Hurt going to Duke is a done deal. Calipari needs to find some beef, like Travis, for next year. You can’t have all bean poles, someone has to be able to bang in the paint.

  5. Everybody else seems to get the Beef while Cal is left with the Skal’s remaining.

    1. Kansas is the front runner of landing Hurt as we speak. Bill Self has been recruiting him longer and he stated that he likes to go to Kansas because of him. but that can change.

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