May 18, 2012

Denver scorer catching Wyoming's eye

Finding offense was tricky at times last season for the Wyoming basketball team, however, that could be made easier in the future by the recruitment of 6-foot-2 inch, Denver guard Carlton Hurst. The 2013 combo guard has already scored nearly 1,500 points in his high school career and has a shot to reach the 2,000-point mark.

"He is a plus athlete," said his Aurora Central High School Coach Ian Calvert. "He runs fast, he jumps high and it translates into scoring points. He can make shots at the rim, has a nice mid-range shot and is shooting the three pretty well this summer. He has a scorers mentality."

Last season Hurst lit up Colorado gyms to the tune of 23 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals per game for a Central team that finished 20-4. As a sophomore Calvert said Hurst averaged 27 points and nine rebounds per contest. The scholarship offer list for Hurst currently contains Wyoming, St. Mary's, Pepperdine, Colorado State, Buffalo and New Mexico.

"I just mainly see where I could see myself fitting in," Hurst said on Thursday when asked what he is looking for in a college. "I don't want to go to a college where I feel like, 'why am I here?'

Hurst said he has a top-four in mind, naming Colorado State, Nebraska, Wyoming and St. Mary's to that list. He said he would like to have his decision made by the end of the summer and it sounds like two regional Mountain West basketball schools have caught his eye. Among them is Colorado State, where he said he plans to visit soon.

"I plan to make my first visit in-state to CSU after we go to Kansas City this weekend," Hurst said. "Mainly, I want to see their campus, how they are doing and how I could see myself fitting in there. I talk to (the new staff at CSU) a lot lately. I like them a lot. I could tell they are not beating around the bush. They are being straight-up, straight forward, things like that."

Calvert, who is also an assistant coach on Hurst's AAU team - the Colorado Chaos - said he believes Wyoming and Colorado State have a good shot with Hurst if he decides to stay regionally. Calvert said he talks to the Wyoming staff on a weekly basis and said they have been to two open gyms, and all of Hurst's AAU games in Denver.

"Wyoming, I think they have been pretty tough on me," Hurst said. "They have been telling me about their school and how I can impact their school and help their school. They have been showing a lot of interest."

Hurst and Calvert both said Calvert could play point or off-guard in college and Hurst said he had no preference of position to play. Calvert said Hurst has been a four-year starter for Central, actually playing power forward as a freshman and developing his guard skills over the past three seasons.

"He needs to continue to evolve as a guard," Calvert said. "He has expanded his guard skills to where people think he can handle the ball for them. He just needs to continue his improvement and his shooting."

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