Aurora Sentinel All City basketball team member Aurora Central's Carlton Hurst poses April 4 at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora. (Heather L. Smith/The Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | Carlton Hurst’s stock continues to rise and Colorado basketball fans will get to keep watching from the front row.
The 6-foot-2 Aurora Central senior guard — the Aurora Sentinel’s Player of the Year for the 2011-12 boys basketball season — gave his verbal commitment to Colorado State on Monday, choosing coach Larry Eustachy’s program from a short list that also included Wyoming and Saint Mary’s.
Trojans coach Ian Calvert likes the landing spot for Hurst, who had a huge junior season when he led Aurora players in scoring with an average of 23 points per contest in addition to 10 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 4.0 steals. He was selected for The Show all-star game at the Pepsi Center as one of the state’s top 20 players.
“Colorado State is near home and it’s a program on the rise,” Calvert said. “I think it’s a good fit. Coach Eustachy told Carlton ‘you don’t know how underrated you are. He said he could have been a starter on some of his best teams and that says a lot.”
The presence of Eustachy, who led the Rams to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last season and had a very successful run with Iowa State in the 1990s, likely had a lot to do with Hurst’s decision, in addition to the proximity to home.
Hurst is the third big name from Aurora’s large pool of talent to make a decision, as Grandview’s Eric Garcia was first when he selected Wofford in September.
Cherokee Trail senior big man Roderick Berstine committed to the University of Denver in September.
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