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Journey to the McDAAG: Matthew Hurt

By Pat Lawless, 03/14/19, 2:15AM EDT

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Matthew Hurt's path to the McDAAG

His Path to the McDAAG

The class of 2019 has a talented group of big men ranked at the top, and Matthew Hurt plays a big role in that. The five-star forward from John Marshall High School (MN) is a much different prospect from the other four and five men ranked alongside him. First and foremost, Hurt plays at a local high school in Minnesota. He chose to stay home during his high school career, a choice that seems rare in today's prep basketball landscape.

Hurt averaged 37.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals, & 1.8 blocks a game this year. Hurt is the all time leading scorer for big schools in Minnesota with 3,819 career points, according to Prep Hoops' Ryan James.

Hurt is as heady as they come for a player his age and has a well-rounded skill set. His versatility makes him a very tough matchup for opposing big men, especially with his ability to pass the ball. Hurt has top-notch footwork and touch around the basket, but brings defenders out to the perimeter with his evolving jumpshot. Matching up with a player like this is often a nightmare for teams at any level, and it should translate nicely to the college game.

Hurt has been ranked at the top of this class for a few years, and for good reason. He backed up his reputation this past grassroots basketball season with D1 Minnesota, leading his team to the Adidas Gauntlet Championship while averaging 17.1 points per game on 58 percent shooting. The combination of his talent and production made Hurt a clear-cut selection for this year’s McDonald’s All-American game.

What's Next?

What’s next for Matthew Hurt? Well, that’s anybody’s guess. He’s one of the top prospects still on the board and some of the most heralded programs in the nation are duking it out to land him. According to 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball, the Duke Blue Devils are in the lead with the Kansas Jayhawks being a close second. Both Duke and Kansas have been recruiting him hard for years, and in many eyes, it’s a tossup between the two. Kentucky still remains in the mix as head coach John Calipari was in to see Hurt last week. Like some other uncommitted prospects who made the McDonald’s All-American Game, Hurt’s recruitment is going to be an interesting one to follow as the spring progresses.

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