Prior to the West Virginia – Kansas State football game, the field was crowded with recruits. Along with the usual football contingent, the WVU men's and women's basketball, baseball and volleyball programs had visitors taking in the pre-game scene. One player who wasn't there, though, made his presence felt by announcing his commitment. Basketball wing D'Angelo Hunter, who is getting ready to start his second season at Navarro College, announced his choice via social media.
Hunter, who plans to visit WVU in the coming weeks, said he was a little surprised at the speed with which his recruitment by the Mountaineers heated up.
“It happened pretty fast,” he related. “Coach Ron [Everhart] started recruiting me, and when the offer came it was a little surprise. It wasn't a surprise because I have been waiting for an offer from a big time school, and I've been working hard, but it did happen fast."
Hunter played in 19 games and started three a year ago, shooting 37% from the field and 32% from 3-point distance. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while recording eight steals and ten blocks. He did not play in the Bulldogs' first 11 games, but after a few contests to become acclimated, asserted himself strongly over the final ten games of the year. In those contests, he failed to reach double figures in scoring only twice, and average 13.2 points per game over that span.
“This is a great opportunity to come in and play right away,” he said. “Coach Huggins came out to see me recently, and it's not often that you get the chance to play for a coach like him.”
Hunter, a scorer who is comfortable driving the ball and pulling up in the mid-range, has an improvement plan for his final season at Navarro.
“I need to work on being more aggressive on defense, and on my handle. It's pretty good now, but I want to be able to drive the ball better. I can score in different ways, but it really depends on how the defense tries to play me. I can get out to the 3-point line if need be, and I can drive it. I plan on signing in the early signing period, and I will come there next summer.”
Hunter, who currently checks in at 6-7 and 180 pounds, sees himself as a swingman, and capable of playing the two or the three positions at West Virginia. He plans on scheduling an official visit to WVU in the next few weeks, and said that his commitment winds up the recruiting process for him.