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Matthew Hurt hopes to commit in November, definitely wants to visit Kentucky

Kentucky watched Hurt play Friday for the last time during the July live period.

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As the July live period comes to an end, it’s clear that five-star forward Matthew Hurt will have a busy fall.

The 6-9 power forward has told Rivals that he’s hoping to make his commitment in November for the early signing period, meaning he’ll have to take all five of his official visits (as well as some unofficials) this fall, as he hasn’t made any visits yet.

“I’m taking a family vacation next week and I’m going to talk it over with my parents and I’ll probably release a list of 8 or 9 schools and start taking visits in September,” Hurt said, according to Rivals’ Krysten Peek. “I hope to have a decision by the early signing period in November but if not then it’ll be next April during the late signing period.”

Hurt currently has 18 offers, and as the No. 6 player on the 247 Sports Composite, every one of those schools is working hard to get him.

Kentucky is of course on that offer list, and Hurt told Rivals that Kentucky is one of seven schools he definitely wants to visit.

The Rochester, Minnesota, native is currently favored to pick Kansas in his crystal ball. Minnesota is receiving predictions as well.

It’s going to be interesting how Kentucky is able to handle this recruitment while also being in heavy pursuit of Vernon Carey and James Wiseman. Kentucky almost certainly wants those two, but it’s looking more and more like just getting one will be a slight surprise.

Perhaps if Kentucky made Hurt a bigger priority, their chances of landing him would increase. But you can’t fault John Calipari for wanting guys like Carey and Wiseman, who together would the best frontcourt in college basketball.

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