ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Matthew Hurt is moving on.
After two stellar years at Duke, the former John Marshall Rocket is ready to launch his career into the NBA.
"I feel like just talking it over with my family, talking it over with my agent, I feel like it was just overall the best decision. There's pros and cons to every situation. I thought, last year, it was a better decision to come back. This year, it was a better decision to leave."
Hurt leaves Duke on the heels of an All-ACC First Team selection. He led the conference in scoring, while connecting on 56% of his field goals, and 44% from behind the arc. In March, he was named the ACC's most improved player. His time at Duke paid off.
"Coach K is one of the best college coaches of all-time," said Hurt. "I think, just learning from him every single day was a blessing, so I think just learning from him every day, learning from the coaching staff, was great. Overall, I think it was one of the best decisions of my life."
Now, Matthew looks towards the next phase. He's a 6-9 big man that can knock down shots. He has a skill-set NBA teams covet in the modern era.
"Teams need shooters, so they can space the floor, so the playmakers will have space to operate," said Hurt. "I feel like that was one of the biggest things for me, just learning from high school to college and now to the NBA, there's a lot more space. There's a lot more space to operate, so overall I think it's going to be a good transition for me."
It's a transition few, if any, in our area have ever experienced. Hurt is bound for the NBA, which is no small feat for an athlete from Rochester.
"I'm from here. Born here, been raised here all my life, so it means a lot," he said. "I like to call us the 507, the area code. Just repping us every single day, every single game. I do this for the city, really, so I'm excited to rep them and be a part of this great community."
Hurt is ready to play at the next level. The former Minnesota Mr. Basketball is prepared to prove it.
"Going to the NBA, it's going to be another level, so I'm just going to keep working every single day, especially this offseason, working on my defense, watching the film, so I feel like overall I'm going to be ready Day 1."