Hunting for greater recognition

Clearly, when the Arkansas Wings take the court, all eyes turn toward Malik Monk. The rising junior is one of America's best and most exciting prospects.

At last week's Peach Jam, however, Marlon Hunter somehow commandeered a little attention of his own. The senior guard showed promise both on offense and defense, and heading toward late summer his recruitment is likely to expand significantly.

Hunter is a quick driver and is faster than he is quick. He excels as a transition scorer and also can stop short for pull-up jump shots. He's comfortable making buckets along the baseline and projects as a fullcourt specialist.

In 21 games on the EYBL circuit, Hunter averaged a solid 13 points per contest while shooting 47 percent from the field. But by far his greatest deficit is three-point shooting, as he hit just 15 percent (6-39) from deep. Improving both his shot and his shot selection for the next level will be key, but again, in an uptempo setting his skills should enable him to shine.

And defense may become his calling card, anyway. Hunter is an offensive wing but can be slotted as a combo due to the fact that he can defend opposing point guards. He led all players in steals at the Peach Jam — and it wasn't even close. He ripped away 3.8 steals per game, with No. 2 checking in at only 2.4. Hunter's quick feet and obvious knack for steals give him major added boost as a prospect.

He recognizes that his effort on both ends largely will determine his collegiate possibilities.

"I've been playing good and with a lot of energy," Hunter said. "I don't want to show any mercy to any team, just win."

He claims offers from Wichita State, Massachusetts, South Alabama, East Carolina and Arkansas-Little Rock, with interest now flowing in from Tennessee and Texas A&M as well. Chances are, his play in North Augusta will bring new suitors to his doorstep.

"I want to see who comes in and then watch teams on TV to see if it's a fit," Hunter said. "I want a coach who gets on me and gets me to play hard all the time."

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