Hester continues to add interest
Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian guard Eric Hester is having a strong junior campaign. “It’s going really well,” Oldsmart Christian coach Jordan Fair told Scout. “He’s probably averaging 21 a game in the last three. On the season he’s averaging 16 points and seven assists. He’s playing well. We are 28-4 and No. 1 in SIAA. It’s a tough league.” “He’s led us,” Fair added. “He’s played pretty well, especially as of late.” Being a leader is important, especially when you are trying to mold into playing more of a point guard role. “He’s been shooting the ball unbelievably,” Fair said. “He’s really tightened up his handle and is getting a better understanding of the point guard position. He’s also the best defender I’ve seen at that spot. He has a lot of energy, a lot of length and a lot of athleticism. He’s really, really athletic and he’s legit 6-4.” With the way Hester has played this year, college coaches have certainly taken noticed. “He doesn’t have any clear cut favorites right now,” Fair said. “I think they guys coming the hardest are Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Louisville and Virginia Tech. They are probably coming after him the hardest right now.” Fair also mentioned interest from UCF, Tulsa, Kansas State, Miami, Wichita State and Texas A&M. Thus far, Hester has taken unofficial visits to Florida and South Florida. Hester visited the Gators this past weekend for their match up with conference rival Kentucky. “It was good,” Fair said. “It was a good environment. That Kentucky/Florida rivalry is really impressive. That was a crazy atmosphere. He had a chance to meet with Matt McCall. We didn’t have a lot of time because we got there right as the game tipped.” Since USF is so close, Hester has made it to Tampa to see Orlando Antigua’s squad a few times this season. “We’ve been to two or three games,” he said. “The last game we went to was when they played Uconn. They are recruiting him really hard.” Are there any trips scheduled for the near future? “Maybe to Florida State for a game before the season is up,” Fair said. “I know he wants to get up to Virginia Tech. The five that are recruiting him the hardest, he wants to try and get up to eventually. But he’s pretty wide open and is still open to guys coming in to recruit him. He hasn’t narrowed anything down or set any official visit dates.” Hester’s plan is to get through the spring and summer and begin narrowing his list down. At this point, Hester doesn’t have a timeline for making his college choice.