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UNC Affirming Strong Interest in Matthew Hurt

The Tar Heel staff tracked the Minnesota sophomore forward throughout the summer and offered in July.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- North Carolina continues to be very active in its pursuit of 2019 forward Matthew Hurt.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Hurt has already been visited by North Carolina coaches twice for open gyms this fall and the appearances from the Tar Heel staff have made a big impression on him.

"Roy and an assistant came out two weeks ago then one of the assistants came back last week," said Hurt of UNC's travels to Rochester (Minn.) John Marshall HS.

"I think they're really interested in me. Because they're having Roy coming from North Carolina to Minnesota just for one day to see me play in open gym. And having an assistant with him and an assistant on another day? That means a lot to me."

Hurt mentioned that - besides North Carolina - Ohio State, Wisconsin and UCLA are among the other schools involved, plus in-state Minnesota. As for visits, Hurt was on Wisconsin's campus last weekend. 

Hurt was one of the Class of 2019 standouts at USA Basketball Junior Mini-Camp as he showed a high skill level and solid athleticism throughout the weekend. Already an established elite prospect since the summer, Hurt is looking like he'll be in that discussion for the rest of his high school career.

"It is my first time playing with Team USA but it's been a great camp. Getting here, practicing really hard. It's a great experience," Hurt said.

The camp also helped reinforce to Hurt that he needs to add strength for the next level so that he can play all over the floor and help rebound and defend.

"Strength. I'm only 200 pounds, which is not heavy for my size, so I have to add muscle," Hurt said of his biggest area for improvement. "Just getting stronger, getting faster, getting quicker is what I'm working on."

Hurt said that he likely won't make any kind of commitment decision until after his final July on the AAU circuit, so he's still a long time away from a decision. But North Carolina appears to have established an early footing in his recruitment.

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