Four-star guard Eric Hunter excited by change in IU’s recruiting approach

  • 04/24/2017 8:24 am in

FORT WORTH, Texas – Class of 2018 Tindley guard Eric Hunter is excited to know where he stands with Indiana.

Before last month’s coaching change in Bloomington, the 6-foot-3 lefty hard a time figuring out how serious the Hoosiers were about recruiting him.

On April 17, Archie Miller and assistant coach Tom Ostrom made a trip to visit Hunter at his school and the IU staff watched him this weekend in the adidas Gauntlet in the Dallas area.

“He’s a serious guy,” Hunter told Inside the Hall. “He won’t be like the previous IU staff – kind of wishy washy – if he likes me he’s going to let me know and if he doesn’t, I’m going to know.”

It’s a welcome change for Hunter, who led Class A Tindley to a state championship last month at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“That’s great, if you ask me,” Hunter said when asked about the change in recruiting approach. “It was different with the last staff. It was on and off a lot.”

This spring and summer, Hunter is playing with Indiana Pros on the adidas Gauntlet silver circuit.

On Saturday morning, Miller and assistant coach Ed Schilling both watched Hunter as did Chris Mack, Matt Painter and several Big Ten assistants, including Michael Lewis of Nebraska.

The meeting last Monday with Miller and Ostrom gave Hunter a chance to become more familiar with the new coaching staff and what they plan to implement in Bloomington.

“It was just serious. He went through a powerpoint,” Hunter explained. “It was about the staff, the way they play, the way they played at Dayton and how he’s going to play next year. And how I would fit in that.”

In addition to the visit last week from Indiana, Hunter was visited at his school by Nebraska and Notre Dame. The four-star guard is rated the No. 105 prospect nationally by the 247Composite.

Hunter said his recruitment is “completely open” at this point and also said he’s not planning to cut down to a smaller list of schools until the end of the summer.

As a junior, he averaged more than 26 points for Tindley and shot better than 50 percent from behind the 3-point line.

When it comes to making a decision, Hunter says he already has a pretty good idea of the factors that will matter the most to him.

“From the school part of it, everywhere is a good education,” he said. “As far as basketball goes, I’m looking for the best situation for me. Playing right away, that means a lot to me – I’m sure it means a lot to everybody – and just the relationship I have with the staff and the players.”

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  • bball at nick’s

    Cheap move on his part. That’s how I see it. Sorry.

  • Doug Wilson

    If UK wants Hunter he would be gone… I don’t think he cares about doing anything with a degree. You know, beyond basketball… Indiana needs student athletes first, not basketball players looking for playing time…. IU is the wrong school for that.
    Zeller, two year college player, lottery pick, NBA starter. a degree from Kelley. Olidipo Lottery pick, NBA starter Degree before he left for NBA.. You know Student Athletes.
    Eric Hunter rubs me wrong… Crean chase after Hunter then backed off. Why? Just ask yourself why?

  • Sghoosier

    Taking big donations back then is just boomerang back at them, 40 years later. Long lunch and certainly not free.
    The Wharton professors must cringe every time he opens his mouth.

  • HoosierHeel

    So I will repeat my question because I am legitimately curious: are you bringing in information from other sources or just reading his statements completely different than I am?

    This honestly sounds like a drunken rant unless you lend some credibility beyond “Crean . . . backed off”

    UK?
    Doesnt care about degree?
    Thinks he’s 1 and done?

    Back it up or please delete because that is ridiculous to attack a 17 year old like that.

  • calbert40

    How? He was asked a question, and he told the truth. We don’t particularly care for what he said, but That doesn’t make it a “cheap move.”

    If he had signed with another school already and said some crap about IU (or another school), I’d agree with you. He hasn’t. In fact, what he said was positive about Arch. I just don’t see what the beef is here.

  • timamac

    Leave it to a liberal to ruin a discussion about basketball. Liberals ruin everything they touch.

  • Cameron Story

    A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse. Thank God this one shoots 50% from three with that vision.

  • briefus

    This comment makes me question the current state of our ivy league programs…

  • marcusgresham

    Seems the discussion had already deviated from the topic of basketball.