10 big man Matthew Hurt chooses Duke

Arnold Nichols
April 22, 2019

Hurt is the fourth commitment in Duke's 2019 haul thus far, joining fellow Chosen 25 stars University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr.

Although this year's recruiting class for Duke wasn't looking as strong as years past, it got a much-needed shot in the arm with the addition of Matthew Hurt.

The 6-9, 215-pound forward from Rochester, Minnesota is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in his recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He announced his decision while donning a Duke hat at his ceremony.

Hurt waited as long as he could, and in the end he chose Coach K.

Duke won the sweepstakes for Hurt over other top programs like North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. It was clear the Wildcats and Jayhawks were out of the picture when Hurt recently canceled planned home visits from coaches John Calipari and Bill Self.

With Duke losing Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish from this past season's Elite Eight group, the Blue Devils will rely heavily on all four players early in the season. The Blue Devils will have returning role players in point guard Tre Jones, center Marques Bolden, forward Javin DeLaurier and guard Alex O'Connell.

He played last summer the USA Basketball U-18 national team, which qualified to represent the U.S.at this summer's FIBA U19 World Cup. The 6-foot-10 Hurt scored over 3,000 points in his prep career.

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