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You Tube Gold: Matthew Hurt Season Highlights

This puts a different spin on Hurt’s season

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Wake Forest
Feb 25, 2020; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) shoots the ball against Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Olivier Sarr (30) during the second half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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There was a sense with Matthew Hurt this past season of frustration we think, because as a freshman he was inconsistent.

He had tough acts to follow in RJ Barrett, Tre Jones and Zion Williamson, all of whom arrived as pretty complete players (Cam Reddish did too but probably got a bit behind due to injuries).

He certainly had his moments however, and when you see these hilights, you see a guy who is tough and hard-nosed, talented offensively and better defensively than it may have seemed at the time.

We’ll repeat what we’ve said several times about Hurt: bulk him up and he’s going to be really different.

Well watch some of this and you’ll see that at times his thin frame didn’t matter. There were times last season that he was an absolute beast. If he does the full Horvath (Nick Horvath also came to Duke from Minnesota as a skinny freshman and turned into this)

A couple of plays really jump out: one block where he just takes the ball away and comes down and another against Stephen Freakin’ Austin where he swipes the ball and goes coast to coast for a layup.

In short, there’s an awful lot here to be excited about. Hurt could have a heck of a sophomore year.