JM's Standout Basketball Star Matthew Hurt Signs with Duke

Hurt is the third top-25 commitment for Duke in the 2019 class and the third five-star to join the fold this cycle joining center Vernon Carey (No. 3), forward Wendell Moore (No. 22) and guard Boogie Ellis (No. 34).

That might be a tough pair of sneakers for Matthew Hurt to fill, but it's the position he chose upon committing to the Blue Devils during a press conference at his high school Friday afternoon.

The smooth-shooting, athletic 6-foot-9, 200-pound Hurt, who played for KU coach Bill Self on the U18 USA Basketball team that won gold at the FIBA Americas tournament last summer, picked Duke over Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Hurt made his announcement during a ceremony at his high school. Hurt's height enables him to launch shots from anywhere on the court, and he is capable of knocking down NBA-range threes consistently.

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Cole Anthony, the top unsigned prospect in the nation is also scheduled to announce his college plans on Monday. He is the No. 2 power forward in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Minnesota.

Hurt dominated his high school competition, finishing his career there as the all-time leading scorer in Minnesota history racking up 3,819 points.

Site experts Jerry Meyer and Evan Daniels have both predicted that Duke wins his commitment, though one other recruiting analyst has stated that it might not be as big of a lead for the Blue Devils as some seem to think.

With the addition of Hurt, Krzyzewski has now had at least three five-star recruits in five consecutive recruiting classes. Since 2014, 15 former five-star recruits have gone on to the National Basketball Association.

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