His recruiting process is in its infancy, but Rochester (MN) Marshall 2019 power forward Matthew Hurt has a scholarship and interest list from the who’s who of college basketball. Already over a dozen offers, including Florida, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and Virginia, Hurt is looking for a place that will set itself apart.
The University of Wisconsin certainly did that Saturday.
“That was one of the best atmospheres for a visit I have been a part,” Hurt told BadgerNation. “The atmosphere for the football game was crazy. They were all into it. The place was sold out. That visit was pretty high on my list of unofficials I’ve been on. I knew the game was going to be crazy because they are two really good football programs, but I didn’t know it was going to be that crazy.”
While the football game was the big draw for the Badgers basketball coaching staff, head coach Greg Gard made sure the 6-9, 195-pound power forward got an inside glimpse of the entire program. Hurt watched the team practice, got a look at the facilities and hung out with the players during a pregame cookout.
If there was one thing that stood out to him, Hurt said how close the entire team was with each other.
“They are always around each other,” Hurt said. “Four years of your life, they are together almost every single day for a lot of hours. Each teammate is really close and they like to hang out with each other. That’s why I think they are good. They’re chemistry is so good because they spend so many hours together, which helps on the court.”
Although he had early offers from Iowa and Iowa State, Hurt credits the offer from Wisconsin this past spring as the one that jumpstarted his recruitment. The Badgers aren’t a footnote with him, however, not with Gard extending him the offer and assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft being the point man.
“Coach Krabbenhoft has come to a couple open gyms; they are always here,” Hurt said. “They show that they want me really bad. They’ve been showing me a lot of love. They don’t have to do it, but they do because they want me. The coaches are one of the biggest things. The last couple months, me and Coach Krabbenhoft have really bonded together.”
Wisconsin will sign two Minnesota prospects next month in Maple Grove (MN) guard Brad Davison and Lakeville (MN) North forward Nathan Reuvers. Both guys know Hurt well, while Reuvers plays on the same AAU team as Hurt.
“Guys I play with or against, it would really help me out to know more,” Hurt said. “If they were in that program, they can tell me all the pet peeves, what the coaches are like, what to do in the offense and off-the-court things. I think it would really help if someone I know is in the program.”
Still a long way to go in his recruitment, Hurt plans on keeping the Badgers near the forefront.
“They are definitely high on my list,” he said. “They are right up my alley. Their play style is how I play. They like tall guys who can shoot the ball. They’re in the Midwest, close to home and really high up there.”