(ABC 6 News) – In Minnesota prep boys basketball, in the southeastern part of the state, there’s one legitimate question—what can’t Matthew Hurt do on the basketball court?
Judging by Hurt’s last couple of games, he keeps making headlines on the hardwood.
“You know, I’m just trying to take it one day at a time,” Hurt said.
Hurt, a senior basketball standout at Rochester John Marshall, has had a tight schedule throughout his final year of high school hoops.
“I’m going to the Duke-Virginia game on January 19, that’s going to be my official visit to Duke,” Hurt said. “Then I’m going to Kansas on February 2 when they play Texas Tech, and that’ll be my official visit too.”
Hurt is one of the nation’s top remaining unsigned and non-committed college basketball recruits for the Class of 2019. Recently, Hurt made an official visit to the University of North Carolina, his second visit of the year (Hurt visited the University of Kentucky a few weeks ago).
Despite having an eye on his future, Hurt’s main focus is at John Marshall.
“He’s extremely humble,” Rockets head coach Jim Daly said. “He cares about his teammates, he just wants to win. He doesn’t talk about it a lot; he’s just kind of an even-keel kid.”
“You don’t want to get too high, you don’t want to get too low, because that can change with your mindset,” Hurt said.
“He’s done everything,” Daly, who said he believes Hurt is “stronger” and his ball-handling has improved since a year ago, added. “His parents keep him grounded. He’s very coachable. Hopefully, I can have him for one more year, but I’m not sure if that’s possible.”
On Friday, Hurt’s mind was right in the Rockets’ Big 9 Conference showdown against Winona—he had a night to remember.
“When I hit my third three, I was like ‘all right, just have to keep this pressure (on),’” Hurt said.
“I wish I could say I said something, but no, it was just another day for Matthew,” Daly said.
It was more than just another day for Hurt—in their 85-70 win over Winona, Hurt scored a school record 55 points.
“He hit five three’s, (he was) very efficient from the free throw line, 22/25,” Daly recalled. “(It was) a great night for Matthew.”
“I think it’s pretty big for me,” Hurt said. “I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m just going to keep playing my game. I just want to win.”
Hurt’s historic night is in the past, his post-high school basketball career is in the future (he said he doesn’t plan on making a final decision for his future until after the current basketball season).
Right now, in the present, Hurt wants to lead the Rockets to the state tournament—they’ve fallen one win short of a state berth in each of the past six seasons, falling to Lakeville North each year in the Section 1AAAA championship.
“I just want to get over that hump,” Hurt said. “That’s my individual goal and my team goal.”
During the season, as previously noted, Hurt will be taking two more official visits to Duke and Kansas Universities. He can take one more official college visit, but he still has yet to determine where that will be.