May 31, 2013
JUCO big man talks Vols, recruiting
In basketball recruiting, the summer time is generally about follwing the hottest high school prospects around the nation to various AAU tournaments. Tennessee, like everyone else, will be doing its fair share of that this summer, but the Vols have also identified an early junior college target that could figure prominently in their 2014 plans.
Stephen Hurt (6-10, 270 pounds), who is transferring to Northwest Florida junior college after having been granted a release from David Lipscomb, has landed firmly on Tennessee's wish list as well as tons of other high major programs anxious to line up for a chance to recruit him.
His decision to transfer down was motivated both by a coaching change, and the belief that he could hold his own against a higher level of competition. He has quickly discovered that his faith in his own potential is shared by college coaches around the nation.
It worked. To say the least. As a sophomore he was second on the team in scoring (11.5 per game) and the team's leading rebounder (7.4 per game).
Former Tennessee assistant coach Steve Forbes is the head coach who recruited and signed Hurt to Northwest Florida. He remembers Hurt as a high school prospect and has nothing but praise for the work the young man has put in to turn himself into a high major recruit.
"I'm amazed at the work he's put in and the job he's done, along with the staff at Lipscomb, to change his body," Forbes observed. "Really, it's nothing short of a total transformation.
"When I was at Tennessee we recruited him and tried to get him to walk on, but it was pretty clear he was going to get a scholarship from someone. He always had potential, because he had some skill, but he's done a phenomenal job of managing his weight and changing his body around."
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