One player in the Midwest who continues to see his stock rise in the eyes of college coaches is Eric Hunter. The Indianapolis native has been attracting more and more interest on the recruiting trail, and he has made his share of visits this fall.
Schools such as Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Butler, Minnesota, Creighton, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, and others have been in to see Hunter so far this fall, and he also has had the chance to make several unofficial visits.
“I have made trips to Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Creighton, Butler, and Xavier,” said Hunter.
The most recent trip was to Xavier where Hunter took in their Musketeer Madness event.
About the visit, Hunter said, “I had a good time. I have been down there several times before and me and Travis (Steele) have a good relationship. Also I like Coach (Chris) Mack and how they play, so it was good to get down there and see the atmosphere and the team.”
Recently Hunter had a chance to make the trip to Lincoln to check in on the Cornhuskers, and liked what he saw in his time there.
“It was a great trip,” said Hunter. “We were on campus for a full day and we went to the football game. “Coach (Michael) Lewis has been recruiting me since he was at Butler, and has kept recruiting me hard since going to Nebraska. It just seems like a good situation and they said they would give me the keys to the car.”
Locally two schools that have offered are Purdue and Butler.
About Purdue, he said, “I’ve known Coach Brandon (Brantley) for a long time. We have a good relationship and also I like Coach (Matt) Painter. When I was up there they have told me to keep getting better and they would use me as a playmaker who can play either guard spot.”
When it comes to Butler, he said, “They are definitely selling that a kid like me staying in the city and staying home would be a big statement nationally. They say they’d let me play with the ball as well. I have built a good relationship with Coach (Chris) Holtmann and Coach (Ryan) Pedon, and I think it can be a good situation.”
Two schools that Hunter has visited, but are yet to offer are Michigan and Indiana.
About the Hoosiers interest, Hunter said, “I’ve talked to Coach (Tim) Buckley and Coach (Tom) Crean a lot recently. They are saying that they just want to see me keep getting better and they are going to keep showing me a lot interest. I am supposed to go down there again soon to meet with the coaches.”
With Michigan, Hunter said, “I definitely know a lot about Michigan. Coach (John) Beilein is a really good coach. I am building a good relationship with him and I have known coach Saddi Washington for over a year now. That relationship keeps getting better and I like how they run their offense.”
For now Hunter has no specific plan for the next step in his recruitment, but he is focused on leading his team to a big season and improving his game.