The Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats are set to face each other on the court this coming weekend. Off the court though, the two sides are in a major recruiting battle for five-star forward Matthew Hurt.
According to Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans, the Jayhawks are still the front-runners to land Hurt in the Class of 2019.
In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Evans explained that even though the top schools in the country are all chasing Hurt, he's sticking to his Kansas prediction:
“I’ve stuck with Kansas for three years, so call me stubborn, but I’m going to stick with Kansas for now,” Evans said of his prediction. “But they’re kind of similar to how it is with Jaden (McDaniels)— they’re in no rush at all. They have the leverage. They’re going to be looking at who’s leaving, who’s staying, who offers the best chance of success in college and putting him on the right track for the NBA Draft.”
However, Evans is not ruling out the Wildcats as a potential destination for Hurt.
247Sports has Hurt as the No. 7 overall prospect in the nation for the Class of 2019. He is the No. 2 power forward in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Minnesota.
Per the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, Hurt has a 75-percent chance of committing to Kansas. He has an eight percent chance of going to Kentucky.