If the D1 Minnesota 17U team played this summer, chances are a UNC coach was in attendance to watch rising sophomore Matthew Hurt.
Roy Williams and his staff evaluated the Minnesota native at events in Spartanburg, Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas – and liked what they saw.
On Tuesday, Williams offered Hurt a scholarship – just the second the Tar Heels have given out to the class of 2019.
"It went really well," Hurt said of the conversation. "We talked about how I would fit in their program. What my best attributes are as a player. In general we had a really good talk."
Hurt, a standout at Rochester (Minn.) John Marshall, is ranked the No. 8 overall player in the 2019 by Scout.com. While attending the 2015 CP3 Rising Stars camp in Winston-Salem, N.C., Hurt took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.
"We visited there for the CP3 Rising Stars camp last year and were impressed," Hurt's father, Richard, said. "We’ll try in the fall to get back there.
Matthew added: "I like that school a lot. The head coach is really good. Roy is a really good coach. He uses his players. I really like that program a lot. They are really high on my list."
Inside Carolina’s lead hoops recruiting analyst Rob Harrington watched Hurt throughout the spring and summer and was impressed by his abilities.
"He possesses the perimeter-oriented skillset to fit in very well to the modern game,” Harrington said. “He's tremendously mobile and coordinated for his size, and as he gains strength he should develop greater balance. As it is, he's a fine outside shooter and baseline driver who's also a fine playmaker. He's clearly a bright talent in the 2019 class.”
Hurt also has offers from Florida, Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, N.C. State, UCLA, Oregon, Wisconsin and UVA. His older brother, Michael Hurt, is a freshman at Minnesota.
"I’m really excited seeing my hard work pay off," Hurt said. "I’m really excited."
Sherrell McMillan contributed to this report.null