Indiana will be looking to replenish its front court in 2022, and a rising center from an unlikely location has their attention.
North Dakota based big man Joe Hurlburt has been hearing from IU this summer according to multiple reports.
Hurlburt put up impressive numbers as a sophomore at Enderlin High School where he averaged 21.2 points, 15 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.
That production led to success on the court, as Enderlin finished the 2019-20 season with an 18-2 team record.
For the season, Hurlburt shot 51 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. He also took more than four three-point attempts per game and made a respectable 37 percent from behind the arc.
247Sports national analyst Brian Snow gave this assessment of the 6-foot-10 and 225 pound Hurlburt:
“Has athleticism, skill, and plays hard. On film it is tough to completely evaluate him because of the lack of quality competition, but the size and athleticism absolutely jump out.
Hurlburt is an easy high-major target, with a chance to see his recruitment jump to the blueblood level. He has everything you want in a modern big man, and is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be.”
In their most recent class of 2022 rankings update, 247Sports bumped Hurlburt up to No. 47 in the country overall, and the No. 7 center. That ranking represented a big move for Hurlburt, who was previously unranked by 247Sports.
Hurlburt plays for the same D1 Minnesota Adidas AAU program the produced current IU forward Race Thompson. Indiana assistant coach Tom Ostrom has deep ties both in the area and with the D1 Minnesota program.
Thus far Hurlburt’s list of offers includes Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. A number of other high major programs are showing interest along with IU including Arizona, Memphis, Ohio State, Stanford and Gonzaga.
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