Friday, April 19, 2019

Top-10 big man Matthew Hurt chooses Duke

Kansas recruit Matthew Hurt watches the second half action on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Matthew Hurt watches the second half action on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.


The Kansas men’s basketball team has missed out on another top recruit in the Class of 2019.

For the past several weeks, many signs on the recruiting trail pointed to Class of 2019 forward Matt Hurt making his pledge to join the Duke basketball program when he finally announced his decision.

That time came on Friday afternoon, when the No. 7-ranked player in the 2019 class, according to, did in fact announce his commitment to the Blue Devils.

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.

He announced his decision while donning a Duke hat at his ceremony.

The news comes as a blow to KU’s current recruiting class, not only because Hurt would have filled a position of need but also because the Jayhawks now move forward with several open scholarships still to give out.

With two players transferring away from the program, three more declaring for the NBA Draft — with the potential to return — and two more undecided, Self and his coaching staff could be facing the tough task of having to fill as many as five or six more spots in the next couple of months.

As of today, KU has just two players signed in the 2019 class — 4-star guards Christian Braun, of Blue Valley Northwest, and Issac McBride, of Baptist Prep in Little Rock, Ark. — and is in pursuit of a handful of prep prospects and college transfers who remain high on their wish list.

The next big decision day for the Jayhawks on the recruiting trail is Monday, when 4-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley is expected to announce his pick between a final four of KU, Duke, Oregon and UCLA.


Rae Bricil 3 years, 2 months ago

no surprise there. sure everyone will comment on how much he got paid but there is something bigger going on. strange how one expert said after three years KU went to bottom of the list. granted just his opinion but still seems to be something bigger going one here.

  "  I’d be surprised if it’s not Duke on Friday,” Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans said. “I think Kentucky still has some optimism there. North Carolina is in there, as well. It seems like Kansas is entirely out, which is pretty crazy to me. They were the team to beat for three years, and now they’re one of the last ones out.”"

feels like there is a recruiting stench around KU this year. losing Hurt who they have been recruiting for 3 years and Earl's son--- maybe self should have said he wasnt going anywhere, if he knew, before the middle of April--especially if he was hearing that was being used against him.

team starting to look pretty thin next year....maybe a good thing

David Howell 3 years, 2 months ago

  1. NIKE money aside, Coach K could retire next year or die of old age. He is 72 yrs old and he looks older then that ...........

  2. I am amazed at the optimism on this website. With nothing going KU's way, 80% of the people think all is good and we will be fine. As decimated as the roster is looking it could be a while before the KU roster gets back winning the Big 12 never mind competing in the tournament.

  3. I never liked Adidas merchandise and now I hate Adidas merchandise.

Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

@David..THANK YOU!!!...I trust Self but fact is, we lost a lot of talent and have missed out on every major recruit we have targeted .we are sitting at 7 players 'assuming Dotson returns" and we aren't a shoe in for any other solid players coming in..not even grad transfers...just got to be realistic..unless KU gets a few breaks in regards to signing good players, we are looking at a possible NIT season

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Watch out for the sky. It's falling! It's falling!!!

We are so far from being finished, and Coach Self and company have proven over and over again the ability to put together solid teams, and to fill roster vacancies with players that win championship. We're one year away from setting records and going to the FF, and realistically a broken wrist away from more of the same this year.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

BS. You have no way of predicting what might have happened. Maybe if Silvio was eligible we could have won it all this season.

What seems off to me is that being one season away from a final four and we can't recruit top 100 players. Most of our big signings of late have waited late in the recruiting process to find where they can get the most playing time, transfers, OR they've been ineligible.

I still have faith that Coach Self can right the ship as long as there are no more revealing FBI recordings. Self has always been adaptable and the next few seasons are going to be very different and I see someone still young and still driven adapting a lot better than those 70 and older.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

Someone call Adidas and let them know they have lost a customer.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 2 months ago

OK, so what. It is what it is. We still need someway to deal with the losses we've had.
If we don't get a 5 star, then a 4 star will do. Actually, this is what recruiting is really all about, and that is finding what you need to have enough to win with.

I will predict that Stanley will be lost this weekend also. It will be the Easter massacre. But the getting ready for the future goes on.

Frankly, after I watched him in McD game, I was not all that impressed. I thought Prince is twice the talent, but not as good as a complimentary player. If we got him, I would be elated.

Not getting Hurt, hurts our pride. I don't know that it is the end of the world by any stretch.

Now if we got Prince and Silvio became eligible, then my friends we would have something.

One way or another we will have at least one 6;8 bruiser or more added to the team for next year.

And relax we will still play the games, and by the conference we will be formidable.

Stay tuned.


Dillon Davis 3 years, 2 months ago

If Dok doesn't declare for the draft by Sunday then that's even better than adding a 5-star recruit. And according to Eric Bossi over at Rivals, he thinks KU is the favorite as of this week to land 5-star Precious Achiuwa and 4-star Tristan Enaruna.

Achiuwa is deciding in late May and Enaruna is visiting KU next weekend. Let's see what happens in the next month or so before we freak out completely.

Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

IMO..we have a reason to freak out...the fact that KU was favored for Hurt and Earl only to lose out by programs who didn't join the hunt for them till here we are having to beg for grad transfer scraps..

Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

You call it freaking out I call it being realistic...KU was the heavy favorite for Hurt and Earl..they lost both to programs that only spent weeks courting them after we spent suddenly you think we become the favorites for a bunch of other players that we just now show interest in?? Come on man..

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

Losing players close to home seems to be a fairly common occurrence.

Jaston Archie 3 years, 2 months ago

Bill Self has made Kansas a laughing stock around the country, what a joke

Michael Sillman 3 years, 2 months ago

I kind of like the idea of being forced to bring in some 3 and 4 star players that will be around for a few years. Nearly all of our 5 star guys have been disappointments.

John Swift 3 years, 2 months ago

I am tired of one and dones. Look who is winning without them. One a year maybe.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Nearly all? Who are these disappointments you speak of?

Mike Barnhart 3 years, 2 months ago

The Shoe Co. fiasco has crushed KU but Duke, NC and Kentucky seem to have skated. Why? Adidas! We picked the wrong dance partner.

At the time, it seems like a good idea to be top dog at Adidas rather than just top five at Nike. In hindsight... what a disaster! Nike wouldn’t even take our phone calls at this point. It’s gonna take a Herculean effort in recruiting to fix this mess.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 2 months ago

Dr. Z used to like to brag about how much money Adidas paid us.

In America, it's always been a clear tier-two brand because this isn't a soccer country, it's a football and basketball country. That's why Adidas started breaking the rules. Our coach was on tape, we own it.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Do you think that it isn't happening with Nike and UA?

It is coincidental that the convict that got leveraged into being an informant busted Adidas. It could have just as easily been Nike or UA.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

"Begging laughingstock "

Now that is funny and even more so without the sarcasm font and about as appropriate as flatulent jokes.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 2 months ago

KU football was a laughingstock. This is a stench. Enabling bad behavior rarely improves it.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Another laughingstock is changing the subject when ignorance is revealed. This article has nothing to do with KU FB. Unfortunately, we've come to expect it from you - the king of laughingstock quitters.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 2 months ago

As the Chinese say, chaos = opportunity. Come on down, Prince, Enaruna, and Blackshear, and everything else won't matter.


Edward Daub 3 years, 2 months ago

Losing Hurt will Help Recruiting (new chinese proverb)!

Sam Meyer 3 years, 2 months ago

The rational side of my brain says that WE ARE KANSAS and we WILL be fine, but this one really stings. I would sure feel better if we got some talent to commit. I know deep down we won’t have 4 (or so) open scholarships when the season starts but it sure seems that way at the moment.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Lots of time left. This might be a problem if this were 1999 or even 2009, but it's a completely different world today. There's lots of talent available. Championship teams have been built later than this (TTU).

Hal Urbanek 3 years, 2 months ago

Poor Hurt. He must feel like Brutus stabbing Self in the back like that. K couldn't win with the absolute best talent this year and he won't win next year either. Hurt should have done a better job of vetting the Nike situation at duke. I think they're in real people houses...putting people on their shoe company's payroll...trying to cover it up...and wow did you see what Collison said about K when he told him he was Kansas bound... that alone would make anyone shudder...karma is a bitch K⚡⚡⚡

Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

Hurt must not want playing time..Duke already has a 5 star PF signed..why go there where he might be on the for Stanley, he is a 4 star..with the way coach K recruits 5 stars, its a waste of time for any 4 star to pick duke...we are in for a very rough season

Pius Waldman 3 years, 2 months ago

We can hate Coaches K and Calipari but they have the ability to get the top players The other schools including KU are not capable to convince 5 star guys to sign to their schools. Maybe a few not top rated 5's are possible but the very top just sign with those two coaches.

Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

I beg to differ on that..KU has signed the very top guys before..Wiggins and Jackson were to players who were very highly rated that picked KU...KU doesnt lack the ability to land top kids (this not being one of those years) they just typically dont land more than 1 at a time whereas DUKE and UK load up on them

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 2 months ago

I'd much rather get Precious Achiuwa. Watch their mixtapes. Hurt is way over rated. He's small, and not very athletic. Achiuwa seems like a stud who would contribute immediately.

Spencer Goff 3 years, 2 months ago

Look, none of this surprises me. The FBI has done it's job. I don't know what their connection to Nike is, but it is obvious to me that they are protecting one clients' name brand from their biggest competitor.

I enjoy basketball, and it pains me to say this, but look at how bad DI college revenue sports have become:

  1. The best players in high school get pulled from their home schools and sent to "academies" that basically prop them up for college. Look at rivals top 10 and how many of the schools are a prep school or academy? Remember when Magic Johnson was born in Lansing, played in Lansing, went to college in Lansing? Yeah, me neither. This thing obviously starts way earlier than Adidas and Gatto and the FBI has chosen where to stop looking.

  2. Schools are only protected when they are valuable to either the media (ESPN protects us because we fill their CST time slot to jump them to the West Coast, sorry, they do) and/or outside companies like Nike. They aren't protected because they do the right thing, graduate the right kids, etc... How would the Longhorn Network do if UT is put on probation in football for two years? Which is exactly why it won't happen.

  3. The NCAA is nothing more than a protector of the schools in issue #2. It has not been about academics since (at best) Myles Brand died in office in 2009. We need to end the farce, pay the revenue sports, retain enough Title IX funding laws so that Alabama cannot ONLY fund their football team, yet recognize that their football team funds the other programs and pay accordingly OR let boosters etc pay extra money to the sports they care about in the form of scholarships that are refunded through the school. I cannot help that the South loves football and baseball more than hockey and rowing, it is a fact of life but let us stop acting like payments aren't happening.

  4. The light at the end of the tunnel for KU basketball is maybe not being affiliated with the current Adidas system can end this garbage train of one and done players at KU. Our best teams were teams that stayed and played together for 3-4 years. Bill has become enamored with these elite players, but EVERY Final Four and Championship team we have has been carried by juniors and seniors. Freshman play roles, sure, like they did back when basketball was good. Hell, even Bruce Weber and Greg Marshall can win with experienced players, kinda (you see what I did there?!?!?!).

And for your zen moment... here is irony... This article was written in 1973 back when Duke was only an ACADEMIC school and considered an outsider in the eyes of the NCAA.

It would be interesting to see if their law school would allow that to be published today, since they are a "have" now.

Robert Brock 3 years, 2 months ago

KU is not getting Precious Achiuwa either.

Joe Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

AMAZING read...

Duke is tracking to have the No. 1 recruiting class for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six years. The Blue Devils are the favorite for five-star guard Cassius Stanley (No. 27), who is set to announce his college decision on Monday. Oregon, Kansas and UCLA are the other finalists for Stanley.

Still no investigation into the recruiting of Zion after the Grand Jury show. But Townsend and KU were sure screwed.

This is a joke of monumental proportions.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

The interesting thing is that inspire of the dream team that was destine to win it all, they still didn't make it even to the FF. Again.

Michael Sillman 3 years, 2 months ago

Even the few 5 stars that made it to the court for us and played reasonably well did not lead us to the promised land. I count Wiggins in that group. I stick by my earlier post preferring the 3 and 4 stars that stick around for awhile.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 2 months ago

The elephant in the room that i rarely hear mentioned is Coach Self . Maybe they dont want to play for Coach Self . Cant be winning tradition ,cant be the university ,cant be the facilities cant be national exposure ..........must be the coach ......... Kentucky Duke North Carolina and the likes dont have to wait to get recruits here it is April 20 and our roster is depleted and seemingly no panic from Self " we'll get some guys " attitude Its hard to recruit to a losing program ........are we headed in that direction ....time will tell.

Jason Venable 3 years, 2 months ago

Heck, Roy has McD's coming off his bench. His recruits usually stay 3 years. I'm tired of the late recruits. Many, for KU, have been busts or trouble.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, hey, sounds like we're going into the dark ages. I think we could be 26-10 forever, but the problem is this is KU, and our expectations go way beyond that. Recruits or no recruits, next year is key. One year is an aberration, two years is a trend...

Only Mitch and Marcus know what it takes to win a conference championship. Think about that. That's not much experience. But still, we won't be dog-meat. Attitude adjustment is order for the team and the fans.


Craig Carson 3 years, 2 months ago

with the way it seems now, if next years KU team has anything above 20 wins Self should be years team reminds me of the 1999 team..very average in terms of talent, no real strength and with limited personnel

Brian Skelly 3 years, 2 months ago

I love the sky is falling stuff here. Argh. Stop it. We went to the Final Four with a team of 2 great veteran guards and spit and duct tape. We loaded up on supposed studs this year and were as mediocre of KU team as I can remember.

Theres no question Self's recruit chops are getting tested. My guess is those tests are well earned however.

Brad Avery 3 years, 2 months ago

My theory, and I am stickin' to it, is that Hurt saw these Christian Braun highlights and decided he did not want to compete for playing time against a player this good, knowing full well he would not have that problem at Duke.

Glen Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

Braun is 6'-5" and plays the guard position. Hurt is 6'-9" and plays the forward position. It's unlikely Braun would have taken up much of Hurt's minutes. Love the optimism though.

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