Indiana coach Archie Miller and assistant Tom Ostrom have been familiar with five-star class of 2019 forward Matthew Hurt for a while.
While they were at Dayton, Miller and Ostrom recruited McKinley Wright, one of Hurt’s teammates with the D1 Minnesota AAU program.
Now at Indiana, Miller and Ostrom have jumped in full bore in recruiting Hurt, a very skilled 6-foot-8 forward ranked No. 6 nationally in the 2019 class.
Hurt, from John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn., received an IU scholarship offer on April 26, and the coaching staff has been in regular contact with the Hurt family, with an unofficial visit to IU tentatively planned for August.
“I came home from practice, and my dad was like, ‘I just got off the phone with the head coach and they offered you,’” Hurt said at the NBPA Top 100 camp, recalling IU's offer.
“My dad said the assistant has been talking to him every day. They’re trying to send a message and I appreciate it.
“They have great culture. They have great players coming to Indiana. They just got a new coach, one of the best coaches in the nation. It’s a great culture, a great community.”
A major national-level prospect, Hurt has plenty of recruiting interest with offers from Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa State and others.
Hurt was one of the players IU contacted on June 15, the first day college coaches can reach out directly to 2019 prospects.
Indiana is recruiting both Hurt and 6-foot-8, 225-pound four-star power forward Race Thompson, teammates on D1 Minnesota.
Ostrom grew up in Minnesota, is a University of Minnesota graduate and has strong ties in the area.
Hurt and Thompson had looked at visiting Indiana after an earlier midwest event.
“Me and Race were going to go down after that tournament. I think we’re going to go down in late August,” Hurt said.
While not a big-time athlete at this stage of his development, Hurt has top-level skill as a shooter. He has terrific form on his jumper, keeps it high and has a high release that makes it difficult to defend.
Hurt missed much of the spring AAU season with a broken hand but returned at the end of May. He said he is still getting his conditioning and shooting back.
Playing in this week’s NBPA Top 100 camp, Peegs.com had the chance to watch him in person over several days. He showed how skilled he is as a shooter from all around the arc and mid range, even though he’s only a short time removed from the hand injury.
Hurt said he recently weighed 208 pounds and wants to get to 220.
“My strengths are I can shoot the ball. I can stretch the floor. I can handle the ball if they need me to. My weaknesses are I need to get stronger, get faster. I’m trying to get in the weight room a lot, trying to get quicker,” Hurt said.