August 04, 2017 09:54 PM
(ABC 6 News)- There's no secret that Rochester John Marshall has a once-in-a-generation talent in soon-to-be junior Matthew Hurt, and on Monday, Hurt received a college offer from one of the nation's most prestigious basketball programs.
Hurt's father confirmed to ABC 6 News he received an offer from Duke University on Monday. In April, Duke held a private workout with Hurt.
Duke’s offer to Hurt, who is part of the 2019 recruiting class, is the first offer by Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski to a 2019 class member.
“It feels good,” Hurt told ABC 6 News. “Coach ‘K’ is a great coach; he's going to be a hall of famer. It's just really a blessing for him to call me and say he offered me a scholarship. In general it just feels good. It means they must think high of me, they love my game, they love how I play. I can do a little bit of everything."
“Any time you can get an offer from Duke and someone like Coach ‘K,’ it’s obviously a big deal,” John Marshall head coach Jim Daly said. “Our school is happy for Matthew. He’s not an overnight success; he’s played many years and made lots of sacrifices, so this is well-deserved for him.”
According to various recruiting websites and Hurt himself, as of Monday, the 6'9 forward has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Xavier, Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Arizona, Nebraska, Louisville, and now Duke.
“Every offer has a different meaning. I still think it’s an offer, personally. There’s a lot of great schools, so this is like another offer.”
On Tuesday, Notre Dame extended an offer Hurt’s way, the 19th offer he has received.
“It’s pretty cool," Hurt said about the Notre Dame offer. "They have a great program, great culture. Just in general, it’s pretty cool.”
The University of Kentucky and Michigan State University are two of the biggest college basketball programs yet to extend an offer to Hurt.
As a sophomore last season, per Minnesota Basketball Hub, Hurt averaged a team best 29.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. Hurt has an ability to stretch the floor on offense as well, as he shot 79.7% from the free throw line and 47.3% on three-pointers.
Daly, who was the head coach at Lourdes high school for 13 years prior to accepting the head coaching job at John Marshall in May, said Hurt is the “best player he has ever coached,” but he can still improve his game in some areas.
“What I’m going to challenge him to do is to make the players around him better,” Daly said. “Obviously, he’s averaged a lot of points and done some nice things, but I’m going to challenge him to do (make others better).”
Hurt was the lone sophomore to be named to the Associated Press' 1st-team All-State boys basketball team following the 2016-2017 season.
With two years of high school eligibility remaining, there’s not a lot left to accomplish for Hurt—except for winning a Section 1AAAA title, which the Rockets haven't been able to do with Hurt, as they have finished as runners-up to Lakeville North the past five seasons.
“I want to win the section,” Hurt said. “That’s the most important thing I want to do. My brother (current Minnesota Golden Gopher, Michael) couldn’t do it, and I want to try to do what he can’t do. I just want to win the section.”
Hurt said he doesn’t have a short list assembled yet, but he hopes to have his list narrowed down “within the next year or so,” and he's nowhere near a commitment yet, as he plans to make a final college decision following the 2018 AAU basketball season.
“I’m trying to make a decision by next September (before the November signing period),” Hurt said. “It depends though, I could wait.”
“Some of the things I’ve said to (Matthew) is to enjoy the process,” Daly said. “What a great opportunity he has. There are so many schools who have offered him. Just have fun, he’s still a kid. You can always get better, but enjoy the process.”
Hurt said he and his family will makes unofficial visits to UCLA, Louisville, and Duke before October.
Updated: August 04, 2017 09:54 PM
Created: July 17, 2017 08:43 PM
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