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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

 Chris Hunter

[Chris Hunter]
 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Gary West HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'10 215lbs
 REACH AND WINGSPAN:
 POSITION: Center / Power Forward
 00-01 RATINGS: #25 (HS)
 ACADEMICS: ---
 STATUS: University of Michigan
 AAU TEAM: Bloomington Red


PLAYER NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | GAME STATS | SEASON STATS | HONORS

PLAYER NEWS

9-30-01...The University of Michigan has received two commitments from big men over the weekend. Chris Hunter, a 6'11 post player from Gary West, and Amadoue Ba, a 6'10 center from Bridgeton Prep (ME), have given the Wolverines verbal commitments. Amadoue Ba is a raw, 240-pound center who has only been playing organized ball for a few years. Hunter should develop into a great player, and it will be nice to watch the transformation from within the conference.

8-22-01...Tis the season for recruiters and scouts to release their post-summer rankings, and we have a few new lists out to look at. The Sporting News has added their top 51-100 prospects to the previously released listed top 50. Names of interest in the second 50 are Matt Keifer at #84 and Chris Hunter at #92.

8-9-01...An on again, off again relationship with Purdue? The latest list mentioned by Gary West's Chris Hunter doesn't mention Purdue. But we've seen Purdue left off the list before, only to pop up on his list a few days later on another site. Illinois, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Ohio State, Michigan State and Seton Hall are mentioned this time, and the article says academics aren't a concern anymore.

6-23-01...Chris Hunter talks about Purdue. MORE

6-22-01...There has been an update recently from Prep Stars on Chris Hunter (July 18 update). Hunter says he hasn't been extended any scholarship offers, but won't look to narrow his list until July. He still sees himself as playing the three or four positions in college.

6-22-01...Gary Westside coach John Boyd states Chris Hunter will make an unofficial visit to Michigan this weekend, and might be considering a package deal with Brandon Cameron. However, only two schools seem to appear on both players' lists. Boyd mentions Hunter involved with Purdue, North Carolina, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Michigan State, while Cameron is interested in Penn State, Marquette, Louisville, Princeton, and Michigan.

6-4-01...More evaluations from the Nike Memorial Day Tournament. This time, Roy and Harv Schmidt give their impressions of Chris Hunter, Deuce Miller, Ricardo Billings, Melvin Buckley, Delco Rowley and Brian Randle. MORE

5-22-01...Tobie Smith of the Wolverine spoke with Gary West head coach John Boyd and got a list for Chris Hunter that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, and Missouri. Boyd said Hunter will take visits in June, and should be ready to announce his decision in late July or August.

4-11-01...A Hoosier-centric article on Indiana's pursuit of Gary West junior big man Chris Hunter. Reading the quotes from Hunter, it is obvious he is playing it cool so far. [Inside IU]

2-23-01...Coach Keady was spotted at Thursday's Gary West Side vs. Gary Mann game. West Side clinched a share of the Nortwestern Conference title in the 66-53 victory. Brandon Cameron scored 12 points and dished out seven assists, while Chris Hunter finished with nine points and five rebounds.

1-28-01...A breakout game Friday night by Gary West's Chris Hunter. Hunter hit for 31 points as the Cougars beat host East Chicago 68-58. Hunter was the only West Side (11-3) player in double figures. The closest teammate was Brandon Cameron with nine.

1-4-01...What a night for Kenneth Lowe to lead Purdue with 19 points in their 20 point win over Michigan. Sitting behind the bench and having a good time were Lowe's high school teammates Chris Hunter and Brandon Cameron. Also behind the bench was Indianapolis Pike's 6'5 sophomore forward Parnell Smith.

12-9-00...Gary West Side (5-1) defeated Brett Buscher's alma mater on Thursday behind the 15 points and four blocked shots of Chris Hunter and 13 points from Brandon Cameron.

11-27-00...With Brandon Cameron out with the flu, Gary Westside rode Chris Hunter's 22 points, 8 boards and two game deciding defensive charge-receptions to nip Lew Wallace 69-66. Westside is now 2-1 on the season.

11-25-00...Chris Hunter scored 12 points but only got seven shot attempts against a pumped up Gary Roosevelt team last night. Roosevelt beat the Westside Cougars 77-68. Brandon Cameron matched Hunter's output of 12 points, but was 4-15 from the floor.

11-20-00...A reminder that tickets go on sale today for the second annual Region Roundball Rumble, an all day showcase featuring seven of the state's top programs plus a team from Kentucky. Tickets can be purchased at participating schools, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Hammond Civic Center box office, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday afternoon, at Times offices in Munster, Crown Point, Valparaiso and Portage. Tickets are $6 for the two-game morning session, or $10 for the entire four-game day. The Times Region Roundball Rumble will be held December 2nd at the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, IN. The Rumble will feature four games, beginning at 11am, 1pm, 6pm and 8pm. After a late afternoon break, action begins again at 6pm with Gary Westside and Bullitt Central (KY). West continues to schedule out-of-state competition, this time bringing in a Kentucky team to the Rumble. The obvious two prospects to watch at West are the much mentioned juniors Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter, but also watch for shooting guard Duane Cooper and a host of additional talent on a packed roster.

11-12-00...Midwest Hoops recently talked to Hunter and got a list of schools that includes Arizona, DePaul, Indiana, Notre Dame, UNC, Purdue, Ohio State, and Iowa.

7-26-00...2002 Gary West 6-foot-9 center Chris Hunter was named the 20th best undeclassmen at the recently concluded Nike Peach Jam AAU tournament. Hunter's team, Bloomington Red, finished the tournament with a 2-3 record.

3-11-00...Munster 70, Gary West 68 - Both Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter fouled out of their semifinal game against Munster, Hunter leaving with 6.5 seconds remaining due to an offensive charge. Cameron had 17 points and a team-high three steals before his early exit with the 6-foot-10 Hunter adding seven points and seven rebounds.

3-4-00...Today's Times Online has a sectional preview for the Region teams, including all-sectional honor teams. Gary West will play in the East Chicago sectional, after a first round bye, on Friday at 7:30pm against Munster (16-4). Named to the all-sectional team were West's Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter. Cameron, a 6'0 sophomore guard, is averaging 17.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shooting 48-percent from the perimeter. Hunter, a 6'10 sophomore center, adds 15.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

12-30-99...Lew Wallace avenged an end of game shot on December 3rd that came by way of the hot hands of Brandon Cameron in the finals of the Gary Holiday Tournament hosted by Westside. Westside slowly narrowed the Wallace lead throughout the game, but a 10-of-12 shooting performance by Wallace from the freethrow line in the fourth quarter secured the win. The game was within reach for the Cougars, if only they had converted on a few of their 14 missed freethorws over the course of the game. (stats below)

12-16-99...At Chicago, the Cougars (3-3) fell behind 46-36 at halftime and couldn't recover against Manley (7-2). Douglas McKinney scored 17 to lead West Side. Donald Richards added 14 points, while Christopher Hunter added 12 points and nine rebounds.

9-30-99...An unconfirmed report from the internet has Purdue watching not only Gary Westside's Brandon Cameron, but also 6'9 center Chris Hunter. Hunter has some work to do on fundamentals and could use to add to his bulk, but does have some promise. There was a rumored visit to Iowa State this fall, and Purdue and Indiana are also watching his progress.


SCOUTING REPORTS

Recruiter's Handbook..."Would be a high-major prospect if all he did was stand there. The dude looks like a praying mantis. His arms and legs are impossibly long and lanky. (And the kid's still growing!) The 6-11 (going on 7-2) C from Gary (IN) West also showed superb athleticism and a willingness and ability to put the ball on the floor and slash to the hoop from one of the blocks. Long strides cover plenty of ground -- and quickly. A solid prospect now with an ENORMOUS upside for the future." 4/10/01

Mike Pegram at the Nike Showcase..."Hunter was also a bit of a disappointment, at least based on some of high rankings he has earned from national recruiting gurus. He will remind you of Newton and Leach in the way you see great potential but don't see the needed strength or fundamentals for the game. Terribly skinny a year ago he looks better in the upper body but still has toothpicks for legs. Despite all this he still as enormous potential. He is up to 6'10 now and has a nose for blocking shots with his long reach. He can hit his free throws and medium range jumpers. But finishing inside against strong players is not easy for him right now." 4/1/01

Vince Baldwin of Midwest Hoops..."Long and lanky big man is very active and quick off the floor. He runs the floor very well and showed good hands on rebounds and on catching the ball in traffic. He is a major shot blocker who is still developing his offensive game. He scored mostly on dunks & put backs. He is not physically strong but is aggressive to the glass and will only get better as he gets stronger." 12/28/01


LINKS
  • Chris Hunter wide open [Rivals100]



    SINGLE GAME STATISTICS
    DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS ------------------------------------------------- 01-28-00 10 13 2 4 0 14 22 01-26-00 2 2 3 0 6 01-18-00 5 2 4 0 12 01-14-00 6 2 2 0 10 14 01-11-00 6 0 3 0 12 12 01-04-00 4 2 3 0 10 12-29-99 3 11 2 5 0 8 12-28-99 4 4 3 5 0 11 11 12-27-99 9 0 0 0 18 12-16-99 5 2 2 9 12 12-10-99 6 9 3 3 0 5 15 12-04-99 4 0 0 0 0 8

    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS
    Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD ------------------------------------------------------------- 99-00 season 14.3 11.0 2.3

    AWARDS AND HONORS

    00-01 season
  • Underclassman All-State team (IBCA)
  • Preseason All-State first team (Hoosier Basketball)
  • Preseason All-Area first team (The Times)
    99-00 season
  • All-Area second team (The Times)



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