Rochester, Minn., John Marshall High School power forward Matthew Hurt is one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2019 and has landed all kinds of big-time scholarship offers in the recent months.
On Tuesday night, Hurt was offered by North Carolina and Louisville in the matter of an hour.
But the offer from U of L head coach Rick Pitino, who saw Hurt play two weeks ago in the D1Minnesota Summer Classic, comes with a couple of interesting twists for the Cardinals.
The first is Pitino's son - Richard - is the head coach at Minnesota and this could set up a father vs. son battle for Hurt, whose brother Michael is on scholarship for the younger Pitino at Minnesota.
And the second twist is that Hurt's family has ties to the U of L program and his father, Richard, is a longtime Cardinals' fan.
"We don't know ultimately this is going to go for Matthew, but I grew up watching Louisville," Richard Hurt said. "Some of my first memories are of the 1980 championship team. I've just always been a big fan and followed Louisville.
"When I played high school basketball, I had a Cardinal sewn on my shorts when I played as a good luck charm."
Richard Hurt is from Murray, Ky., and his father, Richard Sr., played basketball at Murray State and then attended medical school at Louisville. Richard also had a brother attend medical school at U of L.
"We've been there a lot and just always been big Cardinal fans," Richard said.
The elder Hurt said two weeks ago when Pitino saw Matthew for the first time that it was "really special," because of being a longtime fan. Pitino sent two assistant coaches to track Matthew last week in Las Vegas and the Cardinals' obviously liked what they saw.
It's hard not to like Matthew Hurt's game, which one Division I coach described as "amazing for a kid playing against kids two years older." He played up on the 17s D1 Minnesota team, despite being a member of the '19 class.
Hurt comes from a basketball family. His older brother was one of the top players in the state of Minnesota last season and is an incoming freshman on the Gophers roster. His father was a captain of the John Marshall team in 1988-89 team and his mother, Jenny, was a star for John Marshall, who graduated in 1990.
The 6-foot-9 Matthew Hurt is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the '19 class and checks in as the No. 3 power forward. He has also added offers this month from: Ohio State, Marquette, Oregon and UCLA and has been tracked by Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.
"It's pretty special," Richard Hurt said. "We were sitting there with Roy Williams on the speaker phone and then 30 minutes later Rick Pitino calls and offers him a scholarship. We're just trying to keep him grounded and focused on the things he needs to do."
But Richard Hurt admitted the Louisville offer was a "big one" because of the ties to the program.
"Ultimately where this goes from here is up to him," Richard Hurt said. "But it's nice to have coach Pitino recognize his talent and give him the offer. Like I said, we've just always been fans. (Besides the '80 title team) there was the '86 team and that was special. Matthew hasn't carried on the family tradition yet, but the reason I wore 42 and my older son - Michael - wears 42 was because of (former U of L guard) Jeff Hall.
"I wanted to emulate Jeff because he was a great shooter and he played the game the right way."