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 five-star recruit finally put any speculation to rest and announced his commitment to the Blue Devils.
Hurt is the No. 8 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports. The Blue Devils will have fun using him in mismatch situations in large part because of his versatile offensive skillset.
Duke won the sweepstakes for Hurt over other top programs like North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. One reason behind his decision was the chance to play alongside an elite point guard.
The Minnesota native revealed that Tre Jones remaining in Durham for another season played a role in his commitment.
While Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all declared for the NBA Draft, Jones decided that his best option was to return for his sophomore campaign.
Jones is an elite defender that will only get better on the offensive end. The savvy guard averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 assists per game this past season.
Hurt says Tre Jones return was the game changer. Wanted to play with him
— Mark Poulose (@MarkPoulose) April 19, 2019
Hurt won’t be the only playmaker coming to Duke in 2019. He’ll join a loaded class that features five-star recruits Vernon Carey and Wendell Moore.
Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils should be gearing up for a successful season of college hoops.