Class of 2018 forward Jerome Hunter had a monster performance at the Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop. Hunter, who had a nightmare game at this event last season, had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and showed why he is such a highly regarded prospect in the state of Ohio.
“I have been playing pretty good this season,” said Hunter of his junior year. “I have been trying to help the team to wins. We are 10-5 right now, so we are having an okay season, but I expect us to finish the regular season 17-5.”
He continued, “I’ve been trying to work on my ball handling and my shooting, my shooting more than anything. Also I am working on being more physical inside and playing from the inside-out.”
On the recruiting trail several schools have been all-in on Hunter, and more are beginning to take notice of his skills.
About the interest from the Panthers, Hunter said, “Pitt says they like how I am versatile. They say that I’d be able to play any role in college, so they like what I’d do in their system.”
Michigan has always liked versatile forwards who can play inside and out, and Hunter says they see him fitting well in their system.
“I talk to Coach (John) Beilein and Coach Saddi Washington talks to me a lot,” noted Hunter. “He is a real cool person. Also they tell me how they let their players play. They told me if I went there I’d be playing a ‘wolf’ position, which is the player who has a lot built around him.”
Xavier was one of the first schools involved with Hunter, and the Musketeers continue to pay close attention to him.
“I like Xavier because it is a basketball school that is focused on basketball and doesn’t worry about football,” noted Hunter. “Travis Steele is a real cool dude and Coach (Chris) Mack is a real cool dude, so I like the setup at Xavier.”
When it comes to Ohio State, Hunter said, “Ohio State doesn’t really talk to me, but they have come to a couple of games and told my coaches that they like the way I play. That is pretty much it.”
For now Hunter says he is in no hurry to make a college choice.null