Video: Class of 2019 five-star forward Matthew Hurt highlights

  • 07/25/2017 9:15 am in

MINNEAPOLIS – Class of 2019 five-star John Marshall (Minn.) and D1 Minnesota forward Matthew Hurt was unstoppable last weekend at the adidas Prospect Series.

The versatile forward scored in a variety of ways and also used his length to change and block shots at the rim. Hurt, a teammate of IU commit Race Thompson, already holds a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers.

Inside the Hall has compiled over two minutes of highlights from Hurt’s play during the second July evaluation period below:

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  • KyleM13

    Relentless. No one could keep him off the boards.

  • Arch Puddington

    Let’s see…..plays energetically and physically at both ends, plays good team basketball, shoots well.

    Yep. Sounds like the prototypical Archie Miller recruit. It may take a couple of years to fill the roster with that type, but by the time he does, we are gong to have a very different basketball team than we have had in long, long time. VERY exciting to to think about.

  • stuart j fultz

    Yes sir, very well said. Happy times are here again!!! Go Hooooosiers!!!!!

  • TomJameson

    I like this guy too. Anybody would love to have him on their team, would be nice if it was IU.

  • plane1972

    TJ Leaf 2.0?

  • Milton H. Williams

    I think he’s better than Leaf!

  • Milton H. Williams

    Hurt, Brooks, Thompson, Moore, Hunter.. That’s a lot of length! It would be a dream, to get all these guys!

  • SCHoosier

    One highlite..Hurt falls to the floor saving a pass to a team mate.Gets off the floor and one hands a slam to that teammates missed shot. MN needs to keep this kid at home as badly or worse that IU needs to keep Romeo in state. U add Romeo and Hurt to an IU team with a PG….DD and JM still there…oh My the possibilities.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Relax… TJ Leaf just dominated the PAC 12 and was drafted in the lottery…

  • Arch Puddington

    Sure seems to me that players like this — skilled, but with low-key demeanor and a hard-working attitude — are a natural fit with CM. I have no idea how such things affect top recruits, but the fact that CM is more selective in his recruiting and clearly has a profile in mind is unmistakable. It definitely gives him a sincere approach to make — “I don’t want just anyone, and don’t recruit just anyone. I am building a team with a certain type of character and style, and not everyone fits. You do.” — and hopefully that appeals to players like Hurt.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Leaf had a great season but there are definite questions about his game, which Lonzo covered for nicely, and Leaf was selected a few spots outside of the lottery. He’s an accomplished player but there’s no need to exaggerate his accomplishments and he’s not so unassailable that Hurt couldn’t end up being better. It’d be another thing entirely if you said Hurt was better than Durant or LeBron or something…

  • N71

    TJ Leaf is what I was thinking as well, not sure who was better at this age but their games and body type are certainly similar. Both 5-star, 6’9″+, recruited by everyone, future NBA players. Would love to see him join Race Thompson and start a new Minnesota pipeline.

  • BigRed74

    Kind of reminds me of Will Sheheey a little bit. Not in his style but his energy and cockiness and obvious athletic ability. kid is not afraid to hit a shot or make a big play and let you know about it. Would love to have him at IU.

  • Da Man

    that coach k comment tho

  • BruceA

    Would love to see this kid at IU…totally unfair, but I see a little Larry Bird in this kid.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    He sort of reminds me of Cody Z. in high school, or maybe brother Tyler with his outside shooting ability.

  • Leaf would not have been in the draft without lonzo feeding him last year.

  • KingofKentucky

    I was thinking the same, but unlike Zeller, Hurt’s wing-span appears to be greater than his height.

  • VanPastorMan

    He reminds me some of another UCLA Bruin named Don McClean.

  • plane1972

    I think you’ll see that TJ Leaf was more than Lonzo Ball’s side-kick. He’s got game, and he certainly made Lonzo look pretty okay too.

  • Milton H. Williams

    Pretty sure he’ll do the same, when his time comes..

  • ScoopGeoff

    He may… But Leaf did it. He actually did do it.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Bwahahahaha!!! Right… He was a 5-star recruit with the best scoring ability of any big man in the draft. He set all kinds of records… He shot 62% from the field overall, including 47% from 3!!! That’s the highest % on the team… better than Alford, who also had Ball setting him up for 3’s… Better than Welsh, who had Ball getting him wide-open 15′ baseline jumpers all game.

    Maybe you just didn’t watch them much this year. I saw at least 20 UCLA games. He was dominant.

  • I haven’t watched 20 games, but I’ve seen enough to know he has far below average athletic ability, but makes up for it with his scrappiness. He’s a good player and fun to watch. Thomas Bryant would have been better than Leaf on that team.

  • ScoopGeoff

    “Far below”… you’re losing credibility by the second… And I’m sure that you saw what every NBA scout missed when it came to Bryant. I’m a big Bryant fan, but he doesn’t have half the agility of Leaf. He doesn’t have half the bball IQ of Leaf. He was/is all grit and balls.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Also, you’ll be pleased to know that Leaf was faster and jumped higher than Bryant at the NBA combine…

  • Relax big guy. No need to get so worked up. I never said Bryant has superior athletic ability. IMO he also has below average athletic ability just like your boy Leaf

  • ScoopGeoff

    Personally I’m a bigger fan of Bryant because he’s a Hoosier, but that doesn’t mean I deny the obvious… Leaf was a better player. Far more skilled. He also just happened to test better as an athlete… Bryant would not have put up the numbers Leaf did at UCLA, if for no other reason than he doesn’t have the intuitive understanding of where he should be to benefit from Ball’s abilities.