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Hurt among the best of the class of 2001

By Chris Suffecool
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
June 21, 2000
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During the past 15 years, Arizona's basketball program has steadily established a legacy of talented point guards.

Starting with Kenny Lofton and continuing with the likes of Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry and Jason Gardner, UA has not been at a loss for talent at the guard position since the mid-1980s.

That tradition should continue unabated if Carlos Hurt, a 6-3, 170-pound junior at Alief-Elisk High School in Houston, decides to commit to Arizona.

According to Dave Telep, national editor of Rivals100Hoops.com, Hurt would be a welcome addition to the Wildcat team.

"Carlos Hurt is one of the elite point guards in the class of 2001," he said. "This just happens to be one of the best high school classes we've had in a long time."

Rivals100Hoops.com also rates Hurt as the seventh overall prospect in his class and the second best point guard.

Hurt's talent is not just individual either, as he possesses the rare ability to make those around him better.

"(Hurt is) certainly on another level compared to most kids in his class," said Russ Blake of Insider's Report. "What's so special about him is that he makes his teammates better.

"He looks to score because he can, but he never forgets that there are four more guys on the court. He's an elite prospect who combines the ability to score and make his teammates better."

Whether Hurt will commit to UA remains to be seen. Recently narrowing his choices to Arizona and Louisville, the point guard is set to decide on which school to attend on July 5.

Chris Suffecool can be reached at sports@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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