Matthew Hurt, a top-recruit out of Minnesota, will reportedly attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event on October 12th, according to Oscar Combs.
Senior @HurtMatthew will be attending UK’s Big Blue Madness according to a source. In the long, storied history of UK basketball, no Minnesota prepster has ever signed with UK. Stanford transfer Reid Travis will be first player from Minnesota to play at UK this year. #BBN https://t.co/Dj6geWpgv7— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) September 4, 2018
Interestingly, this news comes on the same day it was reported that Kentucky coach John Calipari will meet with Zeke Nnaji, an AAU teammate of Hurt.
Hurt, ranking as the top player in his state, is the second-ranked power forward and sixth-ranked recruit overall in 247Sports’ rankings. He’s mirrored in ESPN’s rankings, coming in ranked at the same spot as 247 Sports.
Landing Hurt would make history, as there’s never been a player from Minnesota to sign with the Wildcats. In fact, as Oscar notes, graduate transfer Reid Travis will become the first player from Minnesota to simply play for Kentucky.
While a visit can always turn things around, fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high for the young talent. The 247 Sports crystal ball predictor has the Kansas Jayhawks as an 83% favorite to land the big man, and they’ve been viewed as the significant favorite for some time, especially after Bill Self coached Hurt with the Team USA U18 team.
However, Hurt will at least make an appearance at the Kentucky Wildcats’ signature recruiting event.
He’ll join a handful of talents visiting that weekend, as 2021 point guard Khristian Lander will be in attendance. Star recruits Dontaie Allen, RJ Hampton and Vernon Carey will also be courtside.
Add Hurt to a starstruck list of recruits Kentucky is tied to over the next month and a half alone.
When the dust settles, Kentucky is sure to come out with at least a few major talents to add to Maxey, Allen and Whitney.
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