David Dixon, Peegs.com

4-star Indy guard Eric Hunter has growing Big Ten interest

Four-star Indianapolis guard Eric Hunter talks with Peegs.com about his growing Big Ten interest, visit plans and what he's hearing from IU recently.

Indianapolis Tindley four-star class of 2018 guard Eric Hunter continues to have a nice spring.

He helped his team, the Indiana PROs, win the Elevate Hoops tournament this past weekend at Jonathan Byrd Fieldhouse in Westfield, Ind.

During that event, Hunter’s strong 3-point shooting was on display. “I actually shot the ball really well this weekend,” he said.

In addition to keeping his 3-point shooting sharp, Hunter is working on being more physical, being faster and more decisive with his decision making.

Hunter said he was recently measure at 6-foot-3, 160 pounds, so he has been adding weight.

His communication with Indiana has picked up the past month or so.

“I talk to coach (Tom) Ostrom a lot as well as coach (Archie) Miller,” Hunter said. “They came to school the week before the first live period in Dallas, so that was pretty cool.”

Indiana hasn’t offered a scholarship yet, but the IU staff watched Hunter during both spring live evaluation periods and has been in regular communication.

“They just want me to know that they’re still interested in me even though they haven’t offered yet, but that’s not a big thing for me. I know they’re interested in me,” Hunter said, adding he hopes he does get an IU offer at some point.

“Growing up around here, you see Indiana stuff everywhere. It’d be a good thing to have,” he said.

Hunter has been to IU a number of times on unofficial visits.

Hunter took an unofficial visit to Purdue Monday evening and plans a visit to Minnesota in June.

Hunter has offers from Butler, Creighton, Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska as well as interest from several other college basketball programs.

On Purdue’s message to him, he said: “Basically keep getting better. Coach (Matt) Painter likes that I can play both guard positions and guard both guard positions, so I guess he finds that intriguing.”

On Minnesota, Hunter said: “Coach (Richard) Pitino likes my playmaking and scoring abilities the most. They came full staff deep to watch my first game in Atlanta. That meant a lot.

“Minnesota’s interest started during the season and they came to watch me right before Big Ten play. That’s when they saw me and that’s when they offered me.  I’ve had a relationship with (Minnesota assistant) Ben Johnson since the end of last summer.”

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