North Carolina A&T guard Sam Hunt led the team in scoring the past two seasons. As a sophomore he averaged 15.4 points per game before leading last year's squad with a 12.7 points per game average.
With one year of eligibility remaining he could have returned to the Aggies this fall, but he decided to pursue other options.
"I knew I had a fifth year, and I've always wanted to play at the highest level," said Hunt. "I wanted to better my future, so after the season I met with my parents and we talked about transferring out to another school for my last year of eligibility."
Hunt took official visits to Pacific, Charlotte, and East Carolina, and he gave Pacific a verbal commitment last week, but he quickly backed out of the commitment shortly after notifying the coaching staff.
"I wanted to see what else was out there," Hunt said. "I love coach Stoudamire and the staff at Pacific, but I wanted to see what other options I had before making a final decision."
One new option was NC State. The Wolfpack coaching staff expressed interest with assistant coach Takayo Siddle leading the way. Siddle actually recruited Hunt when he was at Gardner-Webb, and that played a role in Hunt considering the Wolfpack.
"We do have a good relationship," he said of Siddle. "I've known him since I was a freshman so I was already comfortable, I just wanted to meet coach Keatts."
Wednesday morning Hunt drove to NC State and met with the coaching staff while on campus for a brief unofficial visit.
"It went well," Hunt said of the visit. "I came down and spent time with Keatts, coach Siddle, and the rest of the coaching staff. I wanted to get to know coach Keatts on a personal level, and I was able to see the facilities and campus. It went really well. I really didn't need to see much, that's why it was an unofficial. It's just up the street from me.
"We talked about how it was all new. They said I had a chance to start from scratch there with a new team, new environment. I could be a part of that and be a player that could maybe help them win games and win the conference."
Hunt added that coach Keatts discussed the roster and his potential role should he picked the Wolfpack.
"Well, coach Keatts isn't the type to promise playing time," he said. "I know they have a great group of guys coming in with Al Freeman and my little brother, Lavar Batts. I know the big kid is coming back, Abu, and with the guys coming in I'd have a chance to compete for playing time and minutes. It would be a great situation."
As of now, Hunt has a trio of favorites and a timeframe in place.
"I narrowed it down some, and I'm going to make a decision by Saturday," he said. "I'll probably talk to my parents on Thursday and go from there. I would say it's between ECU, NC State, and Pacific right now. That's my top three, in no particular order."
What will be the biggest factor in Hunt's final decision?
"The biggest factor for me is being able to compete to win and also help me with my future down the line," he said. "After I finish with college, who can help me best? That's another thing I do like about NC State, they have some master's programs that I could potentially complete in one year. That is one thing I do want to get out of my fifth year, a degree, whether it's done in a year or not."