Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Series of schools in to see Eric Hunter

The interest level in 2018 combo guard Eric Hunter keeps picking up. We spoke to the Indianapolis Tindley junior this past weekend to get the latest.

Indianapolis Tindley guard Eric Hunter was a busy guy last week when college coaches took advantage of the open period to come to Indy to see the junior.

"Monday we had IU, coach Archie Miller. and (Tom) Ostrom. Tuesday it was (assistant) Mike Lewis and Tim Miles (Nebraska). Wednesday we had Notre Dame," Hunter said.

We caught up with Hunter on Saturday during early morning play for his Indiana Pros team at the adidas Gauntlet tourney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The game we saw he shot it well from the outside as head coaches like Miller, Matt Painter and Chris Mack looked on.  

Hunter said his jumper was one area of his game he had improved quite a bit on during a junior season that brought Tindley a Class 1A state title.

"I think this year I shot 53-54 percent from three in school ball," Hunter said.

He looked much better than he had when we last saw Indiana Pros fall to Indiana Elite in the IndyBall title game two weeks ago. In that much hyped match-up with four-star junior point guard Robert Phinisee, Hunter was held to 11 points in the game. It followed a semifinal win over Team Blaze and four-star Musa Jallow when Hunter exploded for 23 points.

"He (Phinisee) got the best of me in that one," Hunter said. "It was tough because we had just played and I think we had used a lot to beat (Team) Blaze because we lost to them last summer. I know I used a lot."

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While Tom Ostrom joined Miller in seeing him last week, Hunter says he expects to also be hearing a lot from Ed Schilling, the last assistant to be brought on board on coach Archie Miller's staff. Schilling coached two high major guards at Indianapolis Park Tudor in former Hoosier Yogi Ferrell and Xavier senior-to-be Trevon Bluiett.

"That definitely rings a bell," Hunter said of Schilling. "I have been told (that), but I haven't talked to him before. I know he was at Park Tudor and at UCLA last year."

Nebraska is not the only staff that's more than a few hours from home now involved. This weekend we saw coaches from Wake Forest and Maryland watching him closely.

"I am completely open right now," Hunter said. "I won't be narrowing a list down until probably after the summer."

The 6-foot-3 guard had some interesting things to say about Archie Miller and his new Hoosier staff.

"He's a serious guy to me," Hunter said. "He won't be like the previous IU staff, kind of wishy-washy. If he likes me, he's going to let me know, if he doesn't, I am going to know."

A welcome change in his mind.

"It was different with the last staff. It was on and off a lot."

Besides a more consistent recruitment, Hunter said last week's Indiana visit to Indy brought on a very organized, business like approach.

"They went through a Powerpoint, slides or whatever," Hunter said. "It was about the staff. Where they play. Where they played at Dayton. How he's going to play next year. And how I would fit into that."

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