Eric Hunter

State Title in Hand, Eric Hunter Jr talks Recruiting

Six-foot-3 four star guard Eric Hunter Jr of Indianapolis added “state champion” to his resume just over a week ago. GI caught up with Eric to chat about his exciting year.

“My high school season ended great,” Eric Hunter told GI.   “I'm most proud of the way it ended, with a State Championship.”

When Hunter White knocked out the game winner for Tindley High with only seconds remaining it took a giant weight of the shoulders of Hunter and his entire team.

“It was one of the greatest feelings ever,” Eric said.  “Everybody knew we were good and could get it done. Just to finally do it was such a relief.”

Indianapolis Tindley won the state title on a complete team effort.

Hunter White made the memorable game winner, Sincere McMahon came off the bench to score ten, Chris Murff was the most consistent player that day, Joe Johnson played a key reserve role, and then of course Eric Hunter contributed in many was despite a tough shooting night.

Hunter gave his team nine boards, four assists and three scores finishing off an excellent all around year.

“It was a great year for me personally.” Hunter told writer Brian Snow this weekend in Milwaukee.  “All of my totals were up and my percentages were up, and also I think I made others around me better.”

A weekend after winning a state title Eric was at the NY2LA Swish N Dish playing with a team listed as Team Harris (also known as Indiana Pros).  Eric’s group won their first three games before falling to Meanstreets EYBL squad.  It was a nice start before they take part in the Adidas Gauntlet.

“I’m playing with the Indiana Pros and my goals are to put more of my point guard skills on display and still score the ball,” Eric said.

Hunter told GI that he is hearing from six schools the most in recent weeks.  

“Nebraska, Xavier, Purdue, Butler, Ohio State, and Maryland are the latest,” said Hunter told  Michigan State and Creighton are two more than are commonly on him and Hunter mentioned Wake Forest, Tulsa, Temple, and Indiana have been in contact.

Hunter has offers from Xavier, Butler, Purdue, Nebraska, and Minnesota among others.  The Huskers have been after Hunter the longest and Minnesota put for a lot of fall and winter effort to see Eric play (the Gophers saw Eric break a school scoring record over the winter).

“Coach Pitino has really turned that program around very fast,” Hunter said yesterday.  “I love how they play and approach the game.”

Eric watched Minnesota play Purdue in West Lafayette in early January.  Both schools are showing Hunter Jr strong attention.  Coach Brandon Brantley of Purdue is the main coach in contact with Eric.

The most recent visit that Hunter took was to Butler.

“Definitely love the family atmosphere,” Hunter said. “Everyone is on the same page. Everybody knows their role and who can do this and who can do that. They play very well together.”

Eric told the Indy Star last week that Purdue, Butler, Xavier, Minnesota, Temple, and Nebraska are all in the mix.  So out of all these options what is Eric looking for when he picks a school?

“I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaches and players, as well as being set up for after basketball!”


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