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Recruit’s father says John Calipari is “genuine and straight up”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


Recruit Matthew Hurt’s father knows some people like John Calipari, others don’t. However, Richard Hurt says the Kentucky coach is different than his “public persona” that most see.

“What I would say is that he is much different, especially with us. I found every conversation we have had as genuine and straight up as one could ever imagine. I really appreciate that about him,” Richard Hurt said.

He says his son’s deliberate approach to recruiting might be inherited from him and that he’s stopped worrying about what school his son will pick.

“He kind of knows what he is looking for, he knows what he is thinking. He is able to identify the people on the personal side as well as on the basketball side which I tend to focus on more being a coach. He is really good at breaking all that down. Maybe my wife is worrying but I am not worried about it at all. He knows what he wants but he’s still being very deliberate about that final choice,” Richard Hurt said.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I like when the parents let their children make up their own minds and make their own decisions.

  2. I hope he looks at all the things his father sees about the benefits of playing at Kentucky…seems like he belongs here!

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