Call it an interesting recruiting tactic?
Kentucky is battling several top blue bloods for the commitment of one of 2019’s top remaining high school recruits, Matthew Hurt. Among those in the race are Kansas, who has recently offered a scholarship to his younger sister.
Rochester John Marshall freshmen basketball players Lilly Meister and Katie Hurt were both offered by Kansas yesterday. Impressive, to say the least.— Pat Ruff (@pbpruff) December 27, 2018
Katie Hurt, a high school freshman, was one of two players on John Marshall’s girl’s team to receive an offer from Kansas recently. Of course, Matthew Hurt is still playing at John Marshall making the Kansas connection evident. It also doesn’t help that Bill Self coached the USA Basketball U-18 team that Hurt played for over the summer.
Kentucky has seemed to be in good standings to land Hurt, but of course, Duke and North Carolina are pestering as well. Hurt is a talented 6’9” forward with fantastic ball handling that can shoot at a very high rate. Kentucky has yet to gain a commitment from anyone taller than 6’6” for their 2019 class and Hurt might be the most realistic chance at a top Big to round out this class.
Of course, adding a real shooter to this class that already has high flying scorers with Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen would give Kentucky it’s likely best perimeter shooting team under John Calipari.
So, is this merely a coincidence that the women’s team has already offered s scholarship to Matthew’s sister?