The recruitment of Matthew Hurt will end next week, and the expectation is he will pick the Duke Blue Devils.
However, two schools still in the mix will make one last attempt to sway Hurt before he commits April 19th.
According to Andrew Slater, the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks will visit Hurt on Sunday. It’s unclear who exactly will represent the schools, but you have to imagine John Calipari will be there if he really wants to make a real final impression on Hurt and his family.
For much of his recruitment, it was believed Hurt would ultimately pick Kentucky or Kansas. However, the Wildcats are likely to return EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards while adding forwards Nate Sestina, Keion Brooks and Kahlil Whitney.
As for Kansas, they’re a mess with the ongoing FBI investigation and could get hit hard by the NCAA. They’re also losing guys left and right to transfer and the NBA, so they may have a down 2019-20 season, even if Hurt were part of it.
Duke, on the other hand, is looking for another big man to play next to Vernon Carey. The only other legitimate bigs they have are Marques Bolden and Javin Delaurier, who are best served in backup roles.
All of this is a big reason why Hurt ending up anywhere other than Duke would be a surprise at this point, but Kentucky isn’t going down without a fight.
The good news is not only will Kentucky see him Sunday, but Hurt is taking part in the Nike Hoop Summit this week with Tyrese Maxey.