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Matthew Hurt's Game, Recruitment Sidelined by Injury

Offered 2019 forward recovering from broken hand.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matthew Hurt watched the opening weekend of the adidas Gauntlet from the bench.

The Class of 2019 forward is recovering from a broken bone in his left hand but he still traveled with his D1 Minnesota teammates for the first live evaluation period. It's not only kept him out of action, but it's impacted his recruitment.

Hurt was supposed to receive a visit from the North Carolina head coach Roy Williams the week after the Tar Heels won the national title but it was postponed because of the injury. 

"North Carolina was going to come but I broke my hand and I really couldn't work out for them," Hurt said.

"My dad said 'congratulations on the national championship' and they said, 'thank you' and stuff like that. And they were seeing how I was doing."

Hurt said Arizona, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are among those also still recruiting him, while Duke and Notre Dame had a chance to make in-home visits before the injury.

Recruiting is still moving slowly for Hurt as he hasn't logged unofficial campus visits. 

"I might [try to take some visits]. I'm going to try to maybe set some stuff for the fall. I want to mostly be open before the high school season starts. That's when I want to take most of my visits."

Over the next few weeks, Hurt is trying to recover from his injury and get back on the floor. Hurt broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand when he went up for a blocked shot and it got caught in the rim and net.

"I broke my hand about two weeks ago," he said. "I have the soft cast for two weeks and I have a hard cast for two weeks. Then they said I'll be able to start getting back and doing some therapy and stuff. I think we have a couple of tournaments in May. That's my goal right now. It's just a minor setback for me."

Although Hurt is not playing right now he is still trying to stay active and in the weight room. He's added 15 pounds since last fall.

"I'm about 210 right now. So, I mean, just trying to add strength so I can be more versatile. So I can jump as high as I can," Hurt said.

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