ENDERLIN - North Dakota Class B boys basketball and the PAC-12 conference are not two entities usually used in the same sentence.
That's not the case anymore. Enderlin sophomore center Joe Hurlburt announced on Twitter Monday that he had received an offer to play basketball at the University of Colorado.
Hurlburt is a 6'10, 220 pound big man, who has been a starter for Calvin Kraft's Enderlin Eagles for the past three years. After his freshman year, Hurlburt and his brother Gus, each received scholarship offers to play at the University of North Dakota.
Joe had a tremendous sophomore season, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds for an Enderlin team that finished with an 18-3 record after losing in the Region 1 quarterfinals in March. Gus had a good season as well, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds this past year. Gus stands at 6'8 and heard from North Dakota State on Monday.
Monday was a big day in college basketball recruiting. It marked the first day that coaches could have official contact for players that will graduate in 2022. Joe told Dom Izzo that his phone was "blowing up most of the day on Monday." Sources tell Izzo that Minnesota, Iowa State and Wisconsin all called Monday to speak with Joe.
This past season was a major one for North Dakota boys basketball that saw two in-state products commit to North Dakota State. Joe Hurlburt now stands on the doorstep of becoming the first native North Dakotan to head to the PAC-12 since Killdeer's Austin Dufalt went there in 2008.