4-star Indianapolis Tindley guard Eric Hunter recaps Indiana, Michigan visits

Four-star Indianapolis Tindley 2018 guard Eric Hunter and his father talk with Peegs.com about Hunter's weekend unofficial visits to Indiana and Michigan.

Indianapolis Tindley four-star guard Eric Hunter this weekend made unofficial visits to both Indiana and Michigan.

The 6-foot-3 prospect ranked No. 86 nationally in the 2018 class visited Indiana on Friday and Michigan on Saturday.

It was Hunter’s fourth and most extensive unofficial visit to Indiana, including time with IU coach Tom Crean.

“He liked Indiana a lot,” his father, Eric Hunter Sr., told Peegs.com. “That was the first time really meeting Tom Crean. He likes Crean’s interaction with the guys. They were doing drill work and coach was explaining stuff.

“As he explained it to the kids on the court, he would come back and give Eric the summary of why they were doing those drills and why they were doing what they were doing. Eric really liked that.”

Hunter watched a workout that included center Thomas Bryant, guard Curtis Jones and power forward OG Anunoby.

“Spending time around Tom Crean was definitely something to remember,” Hunter said. “He’s a very energetic guy. There’s a reason behind everything he does.

“I watched Thomas, Curtis and OG workout and then I shot around afterward and then we went around the school and talked some more to coach Crean.

“He likes me because I can shoot the ball and I can score and I’m not a selfish player.”

Hunter found the workout very instructive, both to his game and to how IU does things.

“When they were working out, he kept coming over and explaining what they were doing,” Hunter said. “A lot of our moves are moves that are right foot first. What they were working on was attacking with the left foot and going downhill.

“I learned that scoring guards are best when they are going downhill not east and west.”

After watching the workout, Hunter spent time working out in Cook Hall, IU’s basketball practice facility, with current IU guards Jones and Josh Newkirk.

Hunter, who has been to IU for games and Hoosier Hysteria, got his first real tour of campus and areas of Bloomington, Ind.

“They showed me where I would be taking classes in my major — Kelley Business School — they showed me the downtown area and pretty much the whole campus,” he said.

Indiana hasn’t yet offered Hunter a scholarship.

“I think coach Crean really just wants to get his eyes on Eric,” Hunter Sr. said. “(Assistant) coach (Rob) Judson and (assistant) coach (Tim) Buckley have been around quite a bit, and coach Crean has been in touch quite a bit.”

On Saturday, Hunter made the trip to Ann Arbor to see a football game at Michigan.

“It was really nice,” Hunter Sr. said. “It was really cool. The football game itself was an experience, just being in the Big House. We caught the end of practice, and then he played open gym with the guys.

“After that, we did the tailgate and all stuff. Coach (John) Beilein was very attentive. He made time with everybody. He spent a lot of time with us.”

Beilein is expected at Tindley’s open gym on Tuesday, Hunter said.

“When I first got there, I watched them work out and got to play in some open gym,” Hunter said. “I actually got to guard Xavier Simpson. We did the tailgate deal, got to hang around the players and go to the game. The Big House is unreal.

“What stood out was spending a lot of time with coach Beilein and coach (Jeff) Meyer and coach (Saddi) Washington.)

“They like me a lot. They like my game a lot. In the 2018 class, they’re looking for a scoring guard. Coach Meyer and coach Washington saw me a lot and coach Beilein will be in on Tuesday morning.”

(SEE ALSO: Eric Hunter was impressive in July in Las Vegas.)


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