Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
As Matthew Hurt stars with USA Basketball, he plans to cut list this summer
By ADAM ZAGORIAST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO — College coaches are flocking here this week to watch Class of 2019 forward Matthew Hurt from John Marshall (MN) High as he plays for the USA in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Coaches from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota and Memphis are expected this week for the 6-foot-9 Hurt, who put up 12 points and 9 rebounds as the USA opened with a 103-75 victory Sunday over the Dominican Republic. Kansas coach Bill Self is coaching the U18 team, but assistant Jerrance Howard is expected to watch Hurt as well.
Uncommitted guard Cole Anthony of Archbishop Molloy led the USA with 18 points and Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky) and Coby White (UNC) each added 14 points.
“I’m going to cut my list after AAU season, so around August right now,” Hurt told me following the game. “Around seven or eight [schools], I think.”
Hurt, who models his game after versatile NBA players like Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki, plans to take official visits in “mostly September” and then make a decision by the early signing period in November.
“We start high school season in November, so I’m trying to get it done mostly by then,” he said.
Meantime, Hurt says it’s a great honor to play for the USA.
“It’s a great honor to have ‘USA’ on my jersey,” he said. “It’s just an honor for me because I haven’t done this before, it’s my first time. This is a very special moment for me, my teammates and my family.”
Like his teammates, Hurt feels it’s gold or bust this week.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I don’t think this age group has lost since I don’t know when. We have that in our minds so we don’t want to disappoint. We don’t want to come back to the States and not bring a gold medal back.”
For more on Hurt, read my FloHoops.com feature here.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.