The NBPA Camp had to boost DeAndre Hunter’s confidence. While he may have arrived at the event expecting to perform well — he has led Philly Pride in scoring this spring and summer — a throng of reporters greeted him to ask about his play and recruitment. That affirmation served notice that the three star prospect could be on the verge of big things in the coming months.
Hunter is a long, fine athlete who slots as a utility forward. Not a true wing and not a post, he makes plays on the basis of quickness, slinky overall athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and excellent defensive versatility.
He confirmed his own self-perceptions prior to the camp.
”I noticed that I can play with (higher ranked players),” Hunter said. “I think I’m one of the better players in the country as well.”
He views himself as a jack of all trades, which also is exactly how most scouts and college coaches regard his ultimate contributions.
”I think I do everything well, I don’t do anything particularly great, I just try my best to win games and try to do it all,” Hunter said. “Skill wise, I’m working on my dribbling, working on getting my explosiveness together and getting faster.”
Hunter intends to primarily play wing forward in college, and he said three programs are pushing hardest.
Hunter will compete at the Under Armour camp during July’s first live leg, followed by the UA Finals during the second leg and close out with a trip to Las Vegas to end the month.