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Matthew Hurt’s father says there is no leader in recruitment

Kentucky could still land the No. 8 player in the country.

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Earlier today, Matthew Hurt decided on a decision date, April 19th. Hurt is deciding between the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Kansas Jayhawks.

Both Kansas and Duke have been rumored to be the favorites in the recruitment, each at various points throughout.

But Richard Hurt, Matthew’s father, says that Kentucky has not wavered in the recruitment of Matthew Hurt. Richard Hurt did an interview with the Herald-Leader in which he talked about the amount of forwards that Kentucky will have next season and who will play where next season.

“They haven’t wavered,” Richard Hurt told the Herald-Leader immediately after his conversation with Justus. “People have made a big deal — whether it’s Keion or Kahlil or Dontaie — in terms of positioning. One of the messages that he actually literally just relayed is, ‘You’re a basketball player. If you’re a basketball player you can play, and we’ll find a spot for you on the floor.’”

Richard Hurt also talked about the possibility of each team returning their point guard and who can facilitate the ball to Matthew. Ashton Hagans is a projected second-round pick, as well as Tre Jones for Duke. Coby White is projected to leave North Carolina as of this moment, and Devon Dodson is expected to return to Kansas next season.

It is worth noting that North Carolina are the favorites for five-star point guard Cole Anthony.

But if Hagans were to leave, Tyrese Maxey is the man at point guard for the Wildcats next season and Maxey and Hurt are close friends:

“He’s obviously gotten to spend a lot of time with Tyrese,” Hurt’s father said. “He loves Tyrese.”

Hurt’s decision could come down to whoever has the best point guard on their roster next season. Playing time and positioning will not be an issue for Hurt, so an elite ball-handler and facilitator could end up playing a huge factor.