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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: John Calipari visiting Matthew Hurt

This kid is good, and his recruitment is wide open.

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There are many dominoes left to fall in the 2018 recruiting class for Kentucky, but that does not stop John Calipari from looking toward the 2019 prospects.

Coach Cal will be in Minnesota Tuesday to visit 5-star forward Matthew Hurt, according to Zags Blog’s Jacob Polacheck.

Hurt has emerged as the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2019 class, and offers have really been rolling in. While Calipari has not issued a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, it is likely Hurt could receive one soon if this visit goes well.

This fall, Hurt as already taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Indiana, Duke, North Carolina, Minnesota and Kansas. His 247sports Crystal Ball prediction is fairly even across the board, giving a slight edge to Minnesota and Kansas.

Hurt is a very big young man, as he stood at 6’9” at 16 years of age. He is still growing, and has some filling out to do, but to be as skilled as he is at his height and such a young age is remarkable.

I realize that Minnesota is not known for producing top basketball talent, but Hurt is averaging 42 points per game in his junior year at John Marshall High School in Rochester, MN.

It is important to note that Matthew’s older brother, Michael Hurt, is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and plays basketball for the Gophers under coach Richard Pitino. He is playing just 12.1 minutes per game, but seems to be a favorite of Pitino’s when talking about the media. The Hurt family’s relationship with Pitino Jr. will be something to watch throughout this recruitment.

You can see some highlights from Matthew Hurt below. Do you think Calipari should move forward with an offer on Tuesday’s visit?

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