Aurora Central (CO) 2013 shooting guard Carlton Hurst and Nebraska head coach Tim Miles are not strangers. The two have known each other for quite some time, dating back to Miles' days at Colorado State.
So it should be no surprise to hear Hurst was on Nebraska's campus Tuesday afternoon, getting his first glimpse of the program.
"I have been on campus before, but this was Carlton's first time in the state. I had been on the campus, but the new facilities are just unmatched," said Colorado Chaos AAU head coach Dave Matthews, who brought Hurst on the visit. "We have been to Stanford, North Carolina, Duke, Texas, and Kansas, all the premiere schools and I haven't see anything like Nebraska has."
Regarded as one of the best scorers, if not the best 2013 scorer in the state of Colorado, Hurst averaged over 23 points a game during the 2011-12 season, with his career point total now over 1,500. His offer list features schools like Colorado State, St. Marys, Buffalo, Wyoming, and New Mexico, with schools like Kansas State, Oregon State, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Wichita State very interested.
"He's a 6-foot-3 wing who's extremely athletic. He can really score at all three levels," said Matthews. "He can shoot from long range, he knocks down mid-range jumpers and gets to the basket extremely well. He also has a knack for getting to the free throw line and getting easy points.
"Tim was on him really hard at CSU, so he's known Carlton ever since he started playing high school basketball. He's now transitioning that over to Nebraska. I'm sure there are a couple more recruits like that as well, but Carlton has a pretty good relationship with him."
So will an offer be coming?
"It sounds like they are down to three guys at the position, so it all depends," said Hurst. "Who ever they like the best and who ever they feel could best help the school. But they think I'm a playmaking guard."
Matthews says the Nebraska coaching staff wants to make sure Hurst is a player who could fit into the Big Ten, with the obvious jump from the Mountain West Conference.
Hurst visited Colorado State on Wednesday and has a full AAU circuit planned this summer.
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