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Class of '66 Old Fart

(2018) SF - Jerome Hunter to IU

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Quick refresher on Hunter.  He had an offer from Dayton while CAM was still head coach and Inside the Hall reported that we watched him at both of the April evaluation periods.  He participated this past weekend in the Hensley Run n Slam and this is a post-event summary:

2018 wing Jerome Hunter is emerging as one of the elite prospects in the country . The 6’7 junior displayed a versatile skillset during the Spiece Run-N-Slam that put national media on notice of his talents.

Jerome’s performance this weekend at the Run-N-Slam rates as one of the best we’ve seen in 2017. His skillset and versatility from literally any spot on the court is among the tops in the country. Hunter is an elite shooter from beyond the arch, with range out to 26 feet, a quick release and great mechanics. He buried four triples or more in a single game on multiple occasions this weekend. In the post, Jerome showed great footwork with his back to the basket. He made effective use of his pivot foot to get defenders off their feet before converting at the rim with excellent touch around the basket. Hunter also has a plus handle, he showed the ability to change direction with the basketball and is comfortable against pressure defense. Perhaps the biggest revelation this weekend was his court vision, where he found teammates with several dimes in tight spaces for easy buckets. On top of his excellent skillset, Jerome is a very good athlete that displays quick-twitch verticality around the rim. He is fluid in his movements and has a wiry strong frame. While most national recruiting services have Jerome placed in the 80-120 range, he is no doubt a top 50 talent in the country. An athletic 6’7 wing with a great stroke, good back to the basket game, a plus handle, and nice vision, Jerome has the skill and versatility to the play the 2, 3, or 4 spots at the next level. 

There's a 3 1/2 min. highlight clip at the link below - he's number 21.  Pretty decent 3-point shot and seemed to be very comfortable putting the ball on the floor but boy does he look skinny.


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Another recap from endlessmotor.net on Hunter's performance at last weekend's Hensley Run n Slam.

Best Overall Performance: Jerome Hunter (2018/6’7/OH Nova)

Weekend Wrap-Up: Hunter was absolutely dominant all weekend long at Spiece. On the perimeter, he displayed an elite shot with range out to 26 feet and a very quick release. He was stellar knocking down threes off pick and pop action and off the dribble. Hunter had multiple games where he knocked down 4+ triples. Jerome played large portions of the weekend on the wing as a playmaker as well, and his vision was a real asset. He broke defenders down off the dribble and found teammates for easy lay-ups and dunks on several occasions. In the post, Jerome was great with his back to the basket. He consistently showed advanced footwork and use of his pivot to get defenders off their feet before scoring with soft touch at the basket. Hunter is certainly a legitimate back to the basket threat that can get buckets as a post-up iso option on the block. Jerome also showed great grab and go ability, there were multiple instances where he obtained defensive rebounds and pushed the ball up the court where he either knocked down threes off the dribble, went coast to coast and finished, or found teammates for lobs. Hunter’s versatility is what makes him truly special, he has the potential to play the 2, 3, or 4 spots at the next level with a great shot, advanced footwork, above average ballhandling and plus athleticism.

Stock Prediction: Most national publications have Hunter ranked in the 80-120 range, we think that is a bit low. Jerome has the skill, athleticism, size and versatility of a top 50 player in the country. He will certainly be slotted at that range when the initial Endless Motor Sports rankings are released in June.

Recruitment: Current offers from Pitt, Xavier, Michigan, West Virginia, Butler, Ohio State, Illinois, NC State, Dayton, Purdue, Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Toledo, Stony Brook, and Wright State among others. Many outlets have Jerome with tentative top group of Xavier, Pitt, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, and West Virginia, but Hunter claims no leaders at this point and is wide open.

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A new name has emerged on Indiana's radar, with 2018 four-star Ohio forward Jerome Hunter landing an offer from the school on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Pickerington (Ohio) North High School is rated as the No. 79 overall player in his class by Rivals.com.

Indiana is the latest Big Ten program to express interest in Hunter, who also holds offers from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Rutgers. Butler, Cincinnati, Dayton, Florida, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Stony Brook, Toledo, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wright State and Xavier have also offered.

Hunter helped lead Pickerington North to a 21-7 overall record and the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Region 3 final. He recorded of a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Panthers' regional semifinal win over Upper Arlington and finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in the regional final loss.

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