Planting Seeds

West Virginia's basketball recruiting classes of the future will be set on relationships developed over several years, and the Mountaineer staff is already hard at work in putting those roots down.

One of the players that could be on WVU's list in a couple of years is sophomore Corey Hunter of Robert A Taft High School in Cincinnati. Hunter, like many sophomores, is making his first forays into the recruiting world, and he took in West Virginia's win over Seton Hall last Saturday on his first trip to a college campus.

"We came down to see the game, and it was pretty good," said Hunter. "The ride was long, but overall it was worth it. West Virginia played good, and I got to see a good game."

Hunter didn't get the chance to spend a lot of time with many of the players, as game day items obviously had them a bit tied up, but did get to shake a few hands and get a taste of the college scene. It was a bit eye-opening for the high school sophomore, who is just getting his feet wet in that aspect of the hoop world.

At six feet, eight inches and 195 pounds, Hunter has the build to play either forward position in college. At Taft, he is currently playing center, mostly due to the fact that he is the tallest player on the team, but his skill set allows him to play any of the front line positions.

"I'm comfortable playing any of them," Hunter said. "Anywhere from small forward to center, I can play. I can post up, or I can go out to the midrange area and play. I can post up or dribble drive. It depends on what position I am playing and who we are playing, but it doesn't matter to me where I play."

Barring a big weight gain and growth spurt, Hunter would likely fit in at the three or four spot at the collegiate level, but the development of skills while playing with his back to the basket would only help him as he moves up, so the time spent at the center position in high school certainly won't be wasted.

Hunter has early favorites of Syracuse, West Virginia, Miami and North Carolina, and is also garnering interest from Georgetown and Akron. He played AAU last year for the Sam Cassell All Stars and the D1 Greyhounds, but could make a move to a different team this summer. He is anticipating another busy schedule on the AAU circuit in order to continue to develop his skills and showcase his talents.

"I'm just now starting to learn about the schools I am interested in, and starting to take some trips," Hunter said. "I am interested in majoring in business, but that's about as far as I've thought about schools right now."

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