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Father Of 5-Star Matthew Hurt Says Point Guard Situation Will Play Big Part In Decision

Five-star recruit Matthew Hurt.

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We have less than a month until five-star power forward Matthew Hurt makes a college decision. The talented Minnesotan plans on making the call just ahead of his birthday, on April 19.

Kansas and Duke have both spent time considered the favorites for Hurt's services. Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, and his home state Minnesota Golden Gophers all remained involved as well.

Hurt's father wants to play down the notion that his son has a favorite, or is leaning in a particular direction. Specifically discussing Kentucky with the Lexington Herald Leader, he says the Wildcats have not backed down at all.

“They haven’t wavered,” Richard Hurt told the Herald-Leader immediately after his conversation with Justus. “People have made a big deal — whether it’s Keion or Kahlil or Dontaie — in terms of positioning. One of the messages that he actually literally just relayed is, ‘You’re a basketball player. If you’re a basketball player you can play, and we’ll find a spot for you on the floor.’

Matthew Hurt's father says that they aren't worried about competition in the front court, but are considering the point guard situation at every school.

Most of the contenders currently have pretty strong situations at the 1. Of course, the NBA Draft can change that.

“If you’re a guy that doesn’t have the ball in your hands a lot, you want to know who’s going to be facilitating for you,” he said. “And if Ashton (Hagans) stays, obviously that’s a big checkmark in favor of Kentucky. The same thing could be said about Tre Jones at Duke. Coby (White) at North Carolina. Devon Dotson is probably going to stay (at Kansas).”

Kentucky does have the benefit of bringing in Tyrese Maxey, a friend and USA Basketball teammate of Hurt, which helps their situation.

The 6-foot-9 Hurt is ranked No. 8 overall in the class, and No. 2 among power forwards, per 247Sports' composite rankings. 53-percent of the site's crystal ball analysts think he'll be a Blue Devil, with 42-percent predicting for the Jayhawks.

[Lexington Herald Leader]