ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It was a big night for Rochester basketball fans as they got their final look at John Marshall’s Matthew Hurt competing in his hometown. The five start recruit and his team vying for a shot at a state title.
It’s the 7th year in a row that John Marshall and Lakeville North went head to head for the right to advance to the state tournament, adding to the hype ahead of the game.
The entire arena at Mayo Civic Center was packed with energy and electricity Thursday night.
In the end, Lakeville North was the team to take the Section 1AAAA championship title. But win or lose, fans of all ages came to catch one last glimpse of the home town star – including long time coach and former Rochester Public Schools Athletic Director Gary Addington.
“The real basketball players appreciate his talent. I mean he is just an exceptional player,” Addington said. “As a former coach I like the way he plays all parts of the game. He’s a great passer and he’s a real good team player, he plays defense and is a tremendous offensive player. It’s going to be fun to watch his future.”
That future after high school for Hurt is still undecided. Hurt remains a top recruit for the top college basketball programs in the country.