Hunter commits to Western Kentucky

One of the nation’s more overlooked senior wings, Marlon Hunter, announced for Western Kentucky this afternoon from his high school.

Marlon Hunter is one of those guys fans could see a few years from now on television and wonder how the big boys let him get away.

A 6-2, 170-pound shooting guard at Germantown (Tenn.) Houston, Hunter’s pledge to the Hilltoppers gives them a player who easily could have suited up for a high-major program. He committed to WKU over interest from DePaul, East Tennessee State, Northern Arizona, UT-Martin and others.

It’s not often that a scout can make a July discovery on the EYBL circuit, which attracts so much attention and creates vast exposure for players, but Hunter somehow slipped through the cracks. Playing for the Arkansas Wings, he averaged 13 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor.

The fullcourt game is where he belongs. Hunter isn’t a great jump shooter and excels in the open floor, slashing past defenders and finishing with slams and contested layups.

He’s also a tremendously instinctive defender who racks up steals thanks to quick hands and maximum energy and aggression. Defense could enable him to play a bigger role early for WKU.

Hunter will combine in the backcourt with another 2015 Hilltopper pledge, Chris McNeal.

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