Four-star forward Jerome Hunter talks Indiana interest

  • 04/26/2017 11:07 am in

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jerome Hunter, a class of 2018 forward from Pickerington North (Ohio), was a recruiting target for Archie Miller at Dayton.

It appears that Miller and the new Indiana staff will continue to recruit Hunter in Bloomington.

Miller and Ed Schilling both watched Hunter and Team Nova over the weekend in the adidas Gauntlet silver division during the first April evaluation period.

Hunter is rated the No. 104 prospect nationally by the 247Composite and is considered a four-star prospect.

“I went to a team camp and he offered me a scholarship there (at Dayton),” Hunter said over the weekend. “And now that he’s got the new job at Indiana, he just started talking to me.

“He said he’s going to start talking to me more. I was (recently) in Italy (for a basketball trip), so we’re going to start talking more. He said he’s planning to recruit me.”

The 6-foot-7 is a priority for several programs in the Big Ten and midwest footprint.

He declined to list of schools involved in his recruitment when asked on Saturday because he didn’t want to leave anybody out. However, Hunter did say that he’s open to being recruited by anyone at this point.

Among the schools who have reportedly offered Hunter: Cincinnati, Dayton, Michigan, NC State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia.

“I’m open to going anywhere,” he said. “I’m just looking for the right fit. Academics, the coaching style, the players, who I’m going to be playing with.”

With his size, length and versatility, Hunter should be able to play both forward spots in college.

“I can play inside-out,” he said. “Put me on the wing, put me on the block, it really doesn’t matter.”

As far as the Indiana interest goes, Hunter said he’s interested in learning more about the program, but spoke highly of Miller and the relationship they’ve built to this point.

“When I’ve talked to him, he seems really cool and like a really good coach,” Hunter said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him.”

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  • Some of Indiana’s best teams had 1) good Indiana players and then 2) were filled out with good Midwest players. I just kind of like that idea. Not that we shouldn’t get good players from wherever, but if there’s good talent locally, then why not? I think these kids have to get at least a little something from knowing they’re playing for their home states and regions.

  • Richard Vance

    Archie is really impressing me so far. I love the approach he has taken with recruiting, and he says what needs to be said. I truly believe things are looking up again at IU.

  • John D Murphy

    Interesting that OSU isn’t on this guy, him being in their backyard. I know they’ve already got 2 of the top 60 for 2018.

  • iugradmark

    I like that he said he can play inside or out. Seems like a lot of big players these days want to play outside. We need some warrior type kids that are willing to bang inside.

  • Rick Pearson

    I am absolutely loving what I’m hearing from all these players speaking highly of Coach Miller not knocking coach Tom crean but it really seems like everybody has High Praise of Coach Miller

  • Kyl470

    I think you just need to establish a pipeline. The easiest way to do that is create and maintain good relationships with high school administrators/coaches and AAU coaches in your regional area. It’s a lot easier for you to host team camps and coaching clinics and other things that allows you to invite people to Indiana University for the folks in your region vs. trying to get people to fly in from New York, California, Texas, etc.

  • Arch Puddington

    In response to one of the other recruiting videos, I noted that a pattern is emerging. Not counting Indiana players (e.g., Langford), CM seems to be focusing on specific kind of player: a good but not elite athlete who plays smart, physical basketball (and can shoot). Hunter appears to be yet another in that same mold. Not explosive by the standards of D1, but active, energetic, under control, willing and able to play in traffic, and can shoot at least a bit from outside. I’m very excited by this. This is laying the foundation for great success.

  • inLinE6

    Surprised? They were not on Trey Burke either. It’ll definitely be Matta’s last year if they’re not significantly better, which seems likely. 2018 is beyond reach at this point.

  • Kyl470

    Agreed. While I want 5 star players just like everyone else the simple fact is at this point IU isn’t going to be getting 5 star players like UK, Duke, and Kansas do every year. It’s probably best to focus on getting the best 4 star players or kids who are going to be good 3 to 4 year college players. However, when there is a 5 star player in the state they should go all out for that kid.

  • Yep, makes sense. And I liked Schillings comments about how Indiana is a bit different from many states in that high school coaches remain important in the recruiting process. To the extent that this is true, then the current staff’s focus on building relationships with those coaches should give us much better access to the best Indiana players.

  • N71

    There does seem to be a few of the bruiser types: Jallow, Thompson, Carmody, and Swider.

    There are guards/slashers as well though; Langford, Phinisee, Hunter, King, and Garland.

    Missing so far is the 6’11” 270 pound guy with tattoos of wolves and tigers, size 21 shoes, and a noticeable lazy eye.

  • Kyl470

    I know when Brian Kelly was coaching at Cincy he use to invite high school coaches to “Coaches Clinics” all the time. While I’m sure he loved talking football and giving coaching tips to those guys you know it made it easier when one of those coaches had a stud player on their high school team that Kelly wanted to recruit.

  • SCHoosier

    Well that figures given that Arch now has his own “Bruiser”

  • KyleM13

    I also love the hustle that he showed in the video. He just wouldn’t quit and got some of his own misses.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    I can’t wait to start steeling guys from XAVIER’s backyard. How you like them apples?!

  • Well, in his post-firing statement, TC specifically pointed to hosting coaches clinics as one of the things he’d do differently. And I’m pretty sure that’s something RMK was known for, and it’s something Archie will be doing, IIRC. So I think those high school coach relationships will be reinforced (Schilling is strong here already), built where they don’t exist, and nurtured. Should show some good results.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Matta seems to be treading water during his last years.I don’t know if The Columbus Dispatch has reported anything but something doesn’t seem right where OSU basketball is moving in the right direction.

  • VOXAC30

    I’m sold on CAM he will be a great coach for us. Admitingly though I am cautiously optimistic and will hopefully be totally sold when we land recruits and win game’s. I am a 35 year IU FAN and a grad so I am hoping for the best. But watching last year’s Talent Fade and none of the top 4 players in Indiana commit to IU has kind of soured me on recruiting.

  • iugradmark

    Arch, I agree. I also like that he goes after kids with high motors / energy in their play. The video for Jerome is a good example. The kid just seemed to keep going chasing down rebounds and getting up and down the floor. Archie talks about attacking when he describes his offense and I can see why he pursues these type of players.

  • John D Murphy

    They are already have 2 of ESPN’s top 60 for 2018. And my memory was that Trey didn’t want to sit behind Aaron Craft.

  • inLinE6

    Did you count Darius Bazley who just decommitted?

  • Kyl470

    I know as a college head coach that coaching clinics might seem annoying and take up your personal time that you’d rather spend doing something else. But again it helps build relationships. It gives off the impression that you care and want to get to know fellow coaches even if you really don’t.

  • Ole Man

    The key words: “at this point.” But the day is coming.

  • Piker

    And this guy was on the IU and Dayton radar. This is an interesting decomit.

  • marcusgresham

    At 6’7″ he needs to have some ability to play away from the basket, too. I agree with what you’re saying, but he’s that ” ‘tweener ” size that needs some perimeter skill.

  • AndyCapp

    …”But the day is coming.” The buildup of momentum feels almost palpable doesn’t it?!

  • TomJameson

    I’d like it if he could grow a little bit, maybe his growth plates will allow for 6’8″ or 6’9″. 🙂

  • Ole Man

    Exciting, isn’t it!

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL… and I’m thinking that when that guy with the lazy eye first shows up he will still have the iron collar and part of the chain that he broke to get out of the junkyard still hanging around his neck.