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We started following Matthew Hurt closely a couple of years ago. At that time, the John Marshall Rocket was nearing the end of his prolific high school basketball career and was getting national attention. Hurt was considered a top 5 recruit nationally and all of the college powerhouses wanted him. Coaches from Arizona, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Duke all expressed interest.

In April of 2019, Hurt made the decision to become a Duke Blue Devil. Hurt led the ACC in scoring this year which is quite the accomplishment and has now made the decision to declare for the NBA Draft. Hurt thanked God and his family when announcing the decision - Read his full statement below.

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His statement was posted on dukeathletics.com, "First I want to thank God and my family for blessing me with this opportunity and helping me continue to achieve my goals. And of course, I'm so appreciative of Coach K, the coaches, and staff at Duke for always trusting and believing in me. It was always a dream of mine to play at Duke, and it's also a dream of mine to play in the NBA. Duke has made me become a better player and person and has put me in a position to take this next step in my career. I know this has been a difficult year for so many people, and although our Cameron Crazies didn't get to see us play this season, know that we appreciate all the love and support you show our team. Finally, I want to thank all of my past and current teammates for driving me to get better every day. Although I will miss putting on the Duke jersey, it means so much that I'll have a part in the Duke Brotherhood for life."

ESPN says Hurt is the 48th best prospect in the draft.

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