Stephen Hurt, a 6-foot-10, 285-pound power forward from Northwest Florida State College, gave a verbal commitment to Kansas State late Tuesday night. He is the Wildcats’ first commit for the 2014 recruiting class.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
Hurt started his college career at Lipscomb, where he took a redshirt year after tearing knee ligaments before he could take the court. In his first season, he averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds, winning Atlantic Sun freshman of the year honors. But he transferred to Northwest Florida State, a junior college, when his coach lost his job after the year was over.
Hurt received heavy recruiting interest from Indiana, Tennessee, Wichita State, Miami, Fla., and Kansas State. Now the thought of attending his third college in as many years seems exciting.
“It’s kind of wild, but regardless of how it happened I think I ended up in a good situation,” Hurt said during a phone interview Wednesday. “I just think Kansas State is the best situation for me. I felt really comfortable with Coach (Bruce) Weber and (assistant) Coach (Alvin) Brooks. They have a real good staff. I feel like I hit it off with the team on my visit. They are coming off a Big 12 championship. It’s a great situation. What more could you ask for?”
Hurt says he likes to play down low with his back to the basket, but claims he can also shoot the ball well enough to lure opposing big men out of the paint.
His junior college coach, Steve DeMeo, said Hurt is difficult to defend.
“He is very versatile for a big guy,” DeMeo said. “He is able to score with his back to the basket with both hands. He shoots the ball very well out to three-point range. He is a very intelligent player who has got some skills you just can’t teach.”
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