ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Matthew Hurt is a Duke Blue Devil. The 6-9 John Marshall star made his announcement in front of a packed John Marshall auditorium, as the best prep athlete this area has ever seen turned the page to the next chapter of his historic career.
“It feels good. “I think I’m making the right choice,” said Hurt. “I fell in love with Duke since I visited there. I thought Duke was just the best fit.”
Matthew has made no bones about it — his goal is to get to the NBA. Now, the first All-American in Southeastern Minnesota’s history is going to one of the best NBA training grounds in the world.
“They’re going to have three first round picks next year. They were saying that I can be in their roles next year so I’m just going to try and work Day 1 and try to earn my spot on the team,” he said. “However many years I go to college, hopefully it’s one, but if it’s more than that, if I’m not ready after next year, I’ll come back for sure because I think Duke is one of the best places to live and just be around.”
Even if it’s more than one, Hurt will benefit from the coaching of one of the greatest coaches who has ever lived. Coach K put on the full court press for Matthew, bringing his entire staff to Rochester back in March.
“He’s one of the all-time greats,” said Hurt. “I think he’s one of the greatest of all-time. Just being coached by him, because we don’t know how many years he has left, just being coached by him and saying I got coached by Coach K means a lot.”
Matthew Hurt was nothing short of phenomenal from the moment he put on a John Marshall jersey, leaving the prep ranks as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in state history.
But now his chapter in our neck of the woods is over, as he steps on to college basketball’s grandest stage.