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Matthew Hurt sets visit to Kentucky

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Can Kentucky put itself at the forefront of Hurt’s recruitment?

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Five-star power forward Matthew Hurt will be visiting the Bluegrass very soon.

Hurt set his visit to Kentucky this coming week, giving the Wildcats a prime opportunity to improve its standing with the top-10 prospect.

The Wildcats certainly aren’t in bad shape, but most recruiting experts have long predicted the Kansas Jayhawks for the Rochester, Minnesota native. Kansas currently leads his crystal ball with over 23 of the predictions.

Despite not having any predictions in their favor, the Wildcats are still in the mix. A visit to Kentucky will be a great chance for John Calipari to make a good pitch.

Hurt is ranked the No. 7 player in the class of 2019 on the 247 Sports Composite. He’s got 18 offers, including the three aforementioned schools. But Kentucky doesn’t just have competition from Kansas.

The North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils and Memphis Tigers are viewed as players in this recruitment. North Carolina seems like the biggest threat of the bunch right now, but Memphis is making Hurt a major priority to pair with James Wiseman.

Like most recruitments for top-10 players, this is going to be a major battle for Calipari and his staff to win, something they’ve not done much of in 2019, but getting Hurt would be a major momentum swing. This class needs a big in the worst way, and Hurt would be a great way to address it.

For now, Hurt isn’t expected to decide until the spring. It certainly helps that Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey is working to get Hurt:

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