Gophers sophomore Michael Hurt gets his first career start Thursday night
December 21, 2017 — 6:11pm
Gophers sophomore forward Michael Hurt will make his first career start Thursday night against Oral Roberts.
Hurt, a Rochester, Minn. native, replaces junior guard Dupree McBrayer, who misses his second game of the season with a leg injury. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Hurt averages 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes this season.
McBrayer missed the Nov. 29 loss against Miami (Fla.) with a right leg infection after losing 20 pounds and going to the hospital to receive medication. The New York native recovered from the leg infection, but a lower left leg injury is keeping him out Thursday night.
Hurt was a member of the Gophers' 2016 recruiting class with Hopkins product Amir Coffey, who will move from the starting wing to shooting guard position for the first time this season.
Coffey and Hurt finished 1-2 for the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award as seniors in high school.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
The Gophers men's basketball team will honor Tayra McFarlane, the mother of senior guard Dupree McBrayer with patches on their uniforms (pins for coaches) Wednesday against Nebraska. McFarlane died of cancer Monday.