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Matthew Hurt picks Duke, cites Tre Jones staying as ‘ice-breaker’

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 04/19/19, 6:45PM CDT


One of the nation’s top basketball recruits, the 6-9 star from Rochester John Marshall will join the former Apple Valley star next fall playing at a premier program under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Matthew Hurt of Rochester John Marshall announced his decision to attend Duke as his mom, Jenny, and brother, Michael, who plays at Minnesota, look on during a press conference Friday at Rochester John Marshall. Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune

ROCHESTER - Tre Jones stayed. That was enough for Matthew Hurt to follow.

In front of a large crowd assembled in his high school’s auditorium, the Rochester John Marshall senior announced Friday he will play for perennial college basketball heavyweight Duke.

Hurt, a smooth, athletic 6-9 power forward, is a consensus five-star prospect and was among the last of the nation’s top recruits to commit and sign his national letter of intent. He put a Blue Devils cap on his head while seated on stage with his parents, brother and sister.

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