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Top prospect Matthew Hurt commits to filling Zion’s sneakers in Duke lineup

first_imgHurt made the announcement wearing a sweatshirt he received while competing last week for the United States in the annual Hoop Summit game in Portland. Hurt scored seven points and got four rebounds in his team’s 93-87 victory over top teens from around the world.He chose Duke over North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas. It was clear the Wildcats and Jayhawks were out of the picture when Hurt recently canceled planned home visits from coaches John Calipari and Bill Self. Duke has found its replacement for Zion Williamson.That might be a tough pair of sneakers for Matthew Hurt to fill, but it’s the position he chose upon committing to the Blue Devils during a press conference at his high school Friday afternoon. Hurt is a 6-9, 215-pound senior at John Marshall High in Rochester, Minn., and the No. 8 player in the nation, according to 247 Sports. He became the fifth prospect in the Duke class, and the second rated in the top 10 along with center/forward Vernon Carey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the No. 3 prospect according to 247 Sports.Hurt is not a similar player to Williamson; not many are. Hurt is more of a stretch-4 type who will need some strength training but should be effective at striking defenses from the perimeter and battling for rebounds with his length.POWER RANKINGSSN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20He played last summer the USA Basketball U-18 national team, which qualified to represent the U.S. at this summer’s FIBA U19 World Cup. He averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds for the U18s, converting 12 of 20 from 3-point range.last_img

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