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John Calipari to visit Matthew Hurt

Calipari is hitting the recruiting trail this week, and it includes a visit with one of the top players in 2019.

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With the 2019 recruiting cycle winding down, Matthew Hurt remains one of the top targets for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2019.

The five-star forward out of Minnesota is someone every college in American would love to have, including all of the blue-blood programs. As his recruitment winds down, the Duke Blue Devils are getting the most buzz, but don’t count out the Wildcats or Kansas Jayhawks.

And most importantly, don’t expect John Calipari to go down without a first, as he’ll be visiting Hurt on Wednesday, according to ESPN 1500 reporter Darren Wolfson. Calipari is also slated to visit five-star 2020 point guard Jalen Suggs.

Hurt is ranked No. 8 overall in 2019 by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting rankings. His highest ranking is No. 7 overall by Rivals.

In addition to the aforementioned schools, Hurt also holds offers from the North Carolina Tar Heels, Villanova Wildcats, Florida Gators, Indiana Hoosiers, Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.

The current plan is for Hurt to wait until the spring to make his decision. That will give him time to get a better feel for who’s going pro. Kentucky, Kansas and Duke all have multiple players who will test the NBA waters.

There’s also Kansas’ involvement in the FBI probe, and more evidence against the school could come out in the coming months, so this recruitment could drag into May before Hurt has a good feel for all three schools.

Then again, it’s pretty much a done deal Duke loses Cam Reddish, R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, so there’s no real mystery there. Perhaps that’s why Duke is getting more buzz, for now.

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