Heading into July, Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, PA) class of 2016 small forward DeAndre Hunter had about eight scholarship offers. Certainly that’s a solid number of schools to consider, but following an excellent final month on the AAU circuit the 6’7”, 185-pound prospect now has over 20 scholarship offers to choose from.
UVa is one of the most recent schools to come through, with Tony Bennett offering Hunter a scholarship in the latter part of last week.
“He just told me he was impressed with the way I played,” Hunter said, recalling the phone conversation he had with the Cavaliers’ head coach. “He liked the way I played defense and competed. He thinks I could play Justin Anderson’s spot and try to be like him the next couple of years.”
Prior to the offer, Hunter had no communication with the Virginia coaches. Even so, he says UVa is “definitely in the mix” and he might in fact head to Charlottesville for an unofficial visit on Monday or Wednesday next week. Hunter was in Charlottesville in June for the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
“I didn’t see a lot of the campus when I was there, but the gym we played in was very nice,” Hunter said.
Asked for his initial impressions of the Virginia program, Hunter said: “They definitely get after it on defense and I like that. They are in the top five for defensive statistics for sure. Their guys come off screens and the move on offense. I like that.”
Villanova is another new offer for Hunter, who provided his thoughts on this development as well.
“Since [Villanova] is local, that’s good,” Hunter said. “They’ve been watching me for a couple of years. When I finally got the offer… it’s a good feeling.”
The influx of new opportunities is obviously welcomed, but Hunter will now be busy working to narrow things down in the coming weeks.
“In the next couple of weeks I probably will narrow my list to see where I want to go and plan for my officials,” Hunter said.
“I don’t have a timetable really,” Hunter replied when asked if he would sign in November or next spring. “Whenever the decision comes, I’ll make the right decision.”
Hunter does plan on making at least one, maybe two visits over the...
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