September 5, 2012

Hurst narrows his choices

With a self-imposed deadline of the end of the month to reveal a college choice, Aurora Central High School scorer Carlton Hurst said he is down to just two schools - Colorado State and St. Mary's - with Wyoming as a dark horse.

"I am going to end up committing at the end of the month," Hurst said. "My CSU visit is this weekend. I'll be at St. Mary's the 20th and 21st this month too."

Hurst is a 6-foot-3 scoring guard who posted season averages of 23 points and 10 rebounds per game last season for a 20-4 Aurora Central squad. Hurst holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, St. Mary's, Colorado State, Buffalo, New Mexico and Pepperdine, but its clear that two schools stand out.

"I liked that CSU was as close to home," Hurst said Monday. "It is a good environment to be in. I like the coaches too. For St. Mary's, I like the feel of it. I thought it was a good environment, good people, good program, good school. It just feels good when I go over there.

"I am really am ready for it to be over so I can enjoy my senior year."

Hurst said he talked to Wyoming recently and that he would "keep them in the mix." He said there was a slight chance he may visit Laramie this month.

"I am just really trying to see how comfortable I feel at either school, what each school has to offer educationally and basketball-wise," Hurst said. "That is what it will come down to."

This summer he played with the Colorado Chaos, which was stacked with some of Colorado's best preps including Carlton's cousin, Leonard Hurst, Jordan Scott, Denver East's Brent Carey and Austin Sparks of Valor Christian. Hurst said while the Chaos won just one tournament title, he said the summer was successful from both the team and individual perspective.

"A lot of the tournaments we were either in the championship or the Final Four," he said. "We won a tournament earlier during last school year. Individually, I would say my jump shot improved as well as going right and finishing with my right hand."

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