Class of 2018 four-star Eric Hunter was a big stock riser during the summer. At around 6-foot-3 with high level quickness and athleticism, the left handed Hunter is a complete player on the offensive end with a lot of potential on defense as well.
Now with college coaches allowed out on the road to track kids this fall, Hunter is expecting a lot of visitors at his high school.
“Xavier, Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, East Carolina, and a few others have said they are going to come see me,” said Hunter.
Over the weekend Hunter will make an unofficial visit to Purdue. The Boilermakers offered Hunter a scholarship following July, and he is looking forward to the visit.
“I think I am playing open gym with them,” said Hunter. “I am getting to speak with Coach (Matt) Painter again. They tell me to get stronger, keep shooting, and to just improve on things.”
On the first day they were allowed out, Xavier was in the gym to watch Hunter, and Hunter says he has built a strong relationship with the Big East school.
“My relationship with Travis (Steele) is probably the closest of all the coaches,” noted Hunter. “The relationship has continued to get better since I went there for team camp and they offered me.”
After visiting Purdue, Hunter plans to take a week off before making another Big Ten unofficial visit.
“I am going to Michigan State on September 24 for a football game,” said Hunter.
Hunter plays for an AAU sponsored by former Spartan standout Gary Harris, but Hunter says the current Denver Nugget doesn’t try and influence his thinking.
“(Harris) doesn’t show any bias, unless Coach (Dane) Fife is around, then he will,” joked Hunter. “Honestly, Gary just tells me to make my own decision and to do what is best for me.”
About the Spartans in general, Hunter said, “Michigan State has only been one of my favorite college basketball teams. I’ve followed them since Keith Appling was there.”
Another school really starting to pick things up is Indiana. The Hoosiers have picked up the communication with Hunter and his coaches, and he says they are making it clear they are going to check him out this fall.
“They just keep saying they are going to come to open gym and just trying to keep in touch,” said Hunter of the Hoosiers.
For now Hunter is in no hurry to make any kind of college decision and is content to do research before making a commitment.