JM's Standout Basketball Star Matthew Hurt Signs with Duke

Carrie Guzman
April 21, 2019

Duke has found its replacement for Zion Williamson.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski instructs his team during the second half of Michigan State's 68-67 victory over Duke in their NCAA Elite 8 game in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Hurt will join five-star center Vernon Carey, Jr., forward Wendell Moore, Jr. and four-star guard Boogie Ellis in the Blue Devils' current recruiting class.

With Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all declaring for the National Basketball Association draft, Duke needs to reload its wing lineup.

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Hurt is the No. 1 player in Minnesota, according to 247Sports and the No. 2 power forward in the country. Named to both the McDonald's All-American and Nike Hoop Summit teams, Hurt also won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Hurt dominated at the prep level, averaging 33.9 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game during his junior season. Among Hurt's other college options were Minnesota, Kansas, Kentucky and the University of North Carolina. He will likely slot into a similar role as the one occupied by former top recruits like Jabari Parker and Brandon Ingram as someone who is counted on to lead the offense.

The next big decision day for the Jayhawks on the recruiting trail is Monday, when 4-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley is expected to announce his pick between a final four of KU, Duke, Oregon and UCLA.

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